And we've had plenty of summer "pains" this summer... skinned knees, itchy spageeto (aka....mosquito) bites, poison ivy, chiggers and now summer colds :(
Really the last weeks has seemed like week after week one of us (usually ME!!) is dealing with some summer ailment :(
I"m soo thankful that they all have been minor and momentary!!! And it encourages me to pray for those with much BIGGER concerns.
During a recent trip we got caught in a torrential downpour.... cars were pulling over on the sides everywhere... yikes!! We slowed down and put on our hazard lights. The rain was soo loud the kids immediately were more concerned about the rain than their video.
And then I hear in the back, "Dear God, please help make this bad rain storm go away so we can be safe. Amen." And Chris raises his head expectantly waiting for the storm to dissipate.
In time it did. We saw the clouds breaking ahead of us and soon the bad rainstorm was a memory. But I was left with my son's immediate response of calling out to God even in the minor momentary "pain" we were in.
May I learn from him and call out to God during momentary pain/sadness/grief/discomfort instead of complaining or becoming discouraged!!
That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.
2 Corinthians 4:16-18