After being in a hospital for 6 straight days and 22 days total in last 2 months, we might get to come home today (hopefully for good this time)! Frances is doing better and the pain is getting manageable. Although when what they call "breakthrough pain" hits and it's a rough go for a stint. I'll keep you posted on whether or not we actually get to come home.
This whole idea of "breakthrough pain" has got me thinking...
C.S. Lewis says that "pain is God's megaphone." Sometimes the only way for you to "breakthrough" to the next level is to experience pain. Seems counterintuitive, but that's how God works. Think about it this way, when are you the closest to the Lord? During times of comfort and ease or times of desperation and difficulty?
James says it this way, "Consider it PURE JOY, my friends, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. And perseverance must finish it's work so you will be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
I know that it is difficult to view your breakthrough pains through the lens of PURE JOY, but think about all that the Lord is doing IN YOU during your difficulty.
In one of our long hospital conversations, I asked Frances this question: "If you had to do this all over again, what would rather have - a clean bill of health after the FIRST surgery OR having gone through this ordeal and now your closer to the Lord than ever before?" Without hesitation she said she's glad that she's gone through this because she's learned more lessons about giving up control, faith, perseverance and friendship than she has in years of living a "normal" life! That's what I'm talking about!!
So, if you are in a season where you are in the midst of pain, suffering, trial and unexpected difficulty, know that this is your "breakthrough pain" that is going to get you to the next level.
This is God's megaphone speaking to you. Consider it pure joy.