I think I’ve mentioned already that people tend to tell me their stories much more freely now that I am in a substantial battle of my own. They used to tell me with a sort of “what could you possibly know about suffering” skepticism. Now, it seems they share their story and invariably end it with, “…but it’s nothing compared to what you’re going through.”
I get that ALS is bad and difficult. Oh, I really do get it. However, what I’m figuring out is that people tend to underestimate their own suffering. It’s good and positive to focus on the “things could always be worse” angle to maintain a mindset of gratitude. However, I also think downplaying our own battle is dangerous if it makes us feel the primary responsibility for winning it.
Bottom line: we all need divine assistance to survive this life and come out more beautiful on the other side. We need Him in the battles that circle around money and ministry and kids and work and relationships and health and marriage and on and on. No cry for help qualifies more than another. No need is more worthy of His attention. Our great God listens, loves and lives to come to our rescue. I love this…
Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:18
We don’t have a punch card of “supernatural saves” available and when they’re gone, we’re on our own. We can invite Him into every struggle that is too big for our wisdom, strength or smarts (for me that means most of them!) He longs to be gracious to you – isn’t that the best news ever?
Happy to Have a Hero,