Have you ever experienced severe spine injuries that required surgery? If so, how did you endure the spiritual, mental and physical pain? Did your doctors perform well? Did you have complications after your surgery? Did you have dedicated medical and family support teams?
As an outlet to share my struggles from serious injuries sustained from a work-related accident, I started blogging in 2019. In doing so I wanted to be encouraged, as well as an encourager to others living with health challenges, and who understood our struggles and suffering are real.
My spine has been sick for many years and back surgery exacerbated the pain and caused other discs movement. However, after reading about Apostle Paul’s suffering, I am encouraged not to let tribulation destroy my devotion to Christ. He stated, “Are they servants of Christ? (I am out of my mind to talk like this) I am more.’
‘I have worked much harder, been in prison more frequently, been flogged more severely, and been exposed to death again and again. Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one.’
‘Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was pelted with stones, three times I was shipwrecked, I spent a night and a day in the open sea.'” (II Corinthians 23-25); recommend reading entire chapter.
Three times, I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But He said to me, “‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.’
‘That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.'” (II Corinthians 12:8-10)
The Bible is our spiritual spine, or backbone, to support temples of the Holy Spirit. It also connects us with GOD through His Son Jesus. The spiritual spine gives us the Plan of Salvation to save ourselves from this corrupt world.
The spiritual spine helps us to sit and study scriptures to grow in grace. It helps us stand up, without fear, to share the Word of GOD.
The spiritual spine tells us everything we need to know to make Heaven the home of our souls.
On last Saturday sisters devotion call, Sister Carr taught a lesson from I Peter 4, titled Enduring Suffering. Her lesson was biblical sound and she reminded us Christians are not immune from suffering and there is value and purpose for suffering.
Our suffering cannot compare to the real suffering that Jesus endured upon the cross. “He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” (Matthew 5:45)