If you know me, you know I struggle with headaches that vary in intensity, from distracting irritations to crippling balance killers. I, along with many of you, have prayed for them to be gone for a long time. I’m “on stage” every week so I had to come clean with my pain, but I imagine I’m not alone. Whether it’s migraines, back pain, that knee/hip that just won’t let up, or something internaL, I know some of you reading have chronic pain, too. Other readers are suffering from “chronic” emotional pain and I won’t even begin to list the possible causes. The point is that a large percentage of us have things we’ve asked the omnipotent God to remove. We KNOW He could. We wonder if we haven’t prayed hard enough or righteously enough? I wonder if, maybe, we have just forgotten His end goal?
Consider Lewis’ thoughts; be prepared to read it twice, especially if you don’t often read British writers from two generations past. It’s WELL worth the effort!
Yours, for His Glory, Pastor Scott
“We are, not metaphorically but in very truth, a Divine work of art, something that God is making, and therefore something with which He will not be satisfied until it has a certain character. Here again we come up against what I have called the “intolerable compliment.” Over a sketch made idly to amuse a child, an artist may not take much trouble: he may be content to let it go even though it is not exactly as he meant it to be. But over the great picture of his life—the work which he loves, though in a different fashion, as intensely as a man loves a woman or a mother a child—he will take endless trouble—and would doubtless, thereby give endless trouble to the picture if it were sentient. One can imagine a sentient picture, after being rubbed and scraped and re-commenced for the tenth time, wishing that it were only a thumb-nail sketch whose making was over in a minute. In the same way, it is natural for us to wish that God had designed for us a less glorious and less arduous destiny; but then we are wishing not for more love but for less.”― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain