Suffering is ugly.
It creates pursed lips, furrowed brows, and ulcers.
Suffering is both emotionally and physically painful, and we often suffer in silence – wearing a highly concealed mask of happiness while our insides twist and rot like the roots of a dead tree.
Many of us are quietly suffering and deathly afraid of letting the world see. We keep a dark closet of pain locked and hide the key deep inside the crevices of our emotionally destroyed hearts. We build up walls and secret tunnels and pray to God that nobody will suspect we’re not as happy as we seem.
We put so much energy into hiding our pain that we’ve missed the glorious truth that suffering is beautiful.
Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. – Romans 5:3-5
Pain is the result of sin – your own or someone else’s. While God doesn’t cause sin and suffering, He allows it to enter our lives to chisel character, mold faith, and grow disciples. Without suffering, we wouldn’t know joy. Without pain, there would be no need for grace.
Suffering is a process and it forces us to cling to Christ.
It’s tempting to suffer in silence.
It’s easy to build walls and keep people out.
The challenge lies in persevering through the pain, understanding that God has greater plans. God has wonderful things in store for you. His will far exceeds anything we can imagine and He’s reaching out to you, waiting for you to take His hand.
In Christ, there is peace in the beauty of suffering.