Author asks to remain anonymous
Not long ago I pondered what would come of the pain and suffering I’m encountering. Two new words, those of Affliction and Adversity entered my life in a profound way especially with uncertain health and the loss of two jobs. With two spinal surgeries in place and the onset of a third, I asked, “Where will I go and what will I learn from this?”
Last year I was invited to take three people to hospital for medical procedures. These procedures ranged from open heart surgery to out patient services. Being there with them, praying, sharing and seeing them through their procedures they spoke of a level of peace, confidence, and being blessed.
I began to realize from this experience that the Lord had gifted me with compassion to listen to people, empathize with their fears and hurts, and be supportive in healing. “Thank you Lord for the strength and compassion You have given me for these situations.” I know that in these experiences, my faith grew. More recently I now include hospital visits in my serving.
“Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:3-4 NIV