2 Cor. 12: 7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. 8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.--KJV
I never understood the true depth of this scripture until I was an adult but I'm glad I learned it young. Naturally this sounds like an oxymoron: taking pleasure in that which is unpleasant. Yet, as I sit here facing another one of life's challenges, I can truly count it ALL JOY! I can't do anything but rejoice although physically I must remain still and rest. [Yet my soul still sings his praises and no period of recovery can interfere with that. Actually sing his praises is what has enabled me to weather the storm.]
God has proved faithful and strong once again in my life and he has brought me out with fanfare. He has surrounded me with love and support; he has strengthened me and cured all that ailed me. I have come out better and strong then when I first entered the battle: isn't that the end goal? Sometimes it takes an adversity or challenge in our lives so we can enter a season of rest and revelation. I went into this storm knowing that God was going to bring me out and I would be victorious and that is exactly what happened. I declared that I was willing to endure minor discomfort in order to cure what ailed me and that is exactly what happened. [Truly Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.--Prov. 18:21, KJV] God has proven in my life that despite what obstacles comes my way they are not to the death. Even if I enter a situation where death is a possibility, I know that it will not be my reality.
God is faithful and, although life will always have its persecutions, sufferings, imperfections and troubles, there will be a time of rejoicing, tribulation and jubilation. The more you endure, the more heart ache and trouble that comes your way, the more that God is going repay you for your suffering. So count it all joy and know that no matter what battle you face today, you are coming out on the WINNING side. Sure, there are some things that God will take away from you or heal and there are other things that you will be left to endure. Why and what makes the difference? I don't know but I do know this:God's grace is sufficient for thee and his strength is made perfect in your weakness.