I’ve had cortisone injections in my knee on multiple occasions so I thought how could it be any worse to have injections in my thumbs. Boy was I wrong! As I learned, there is much more pain involved in injecting the smaller thumb joints than in injecting the larger knee joint. I wish I’d known that before so I could have been better prepared for what was to come.

This experience reminded me that when we face trials, pain, and difficulties, the things that we go through to work through those problems can sometimes be more painful than we expected, and at the time we are going through them it may even be more painful than what we are trying to change, fix, or do.

However, throughout scripture we have example after example of the fact that very often trials, difficulties, pain and hard work often precede a new work or blessing of the Lord, so rather than run from the pain, we can go through it with God’s grace, looking forward to all that He is doing and is going to do.

I’m hoping and praying that the pain I went through with the injections in my thumbs will result in significant relief after the medication takes effect, but we can know without a doubt that when we face trials, difficulties and pain that God will use it for our growth and our good. In James 1:2-4 we read:

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

What trial, difficulty or pain are you facing? Trust God to meet your needs, to see you through and to bring growth and good out of whatever you face.

                                       Trusting and Praising,

                                                   Mark