The Mountain of Suffering
During the last two weeks I have been having an experience with our Suffering Savior that has given me a whole new level of appreciation for what love can truly do. His healing balm of love moves us to a place where our suffering ends and new beginnings emerge.
The third anniversary of my mother’s homecoming is fast approaching. There has not been a day that has gone by that I do not miss her presence. Her departure left such a deep ache in my soul. I am the woman I am today because my mother knew the Power that raised Christ from the dead had to live inside me. My mother ushered me into living a transformed life.
She knew suffering would happen and I would need a Savior to help me through the suffering seasons. We all suffer. Every woman reading this has experienced suffering on some level at some point in her life. Poor health, abuse, divorce, death of dreams, poor self-image, destructive behaviors, lack of finances, you fill in the blank. We have all been there and many of you are walking through it right now. Suffering. It is part of life.
I have been on a journey since the beginning of February to remove a huge mountain in my life. That mountain’s roots were formed in suffering. I am standing at the base of the mountain trying to capture extravagant faith to move it. It seems like I am at a crossroads and something has to give. I either need to lay it down at the feet of My Suffering Savior and expect the experience of full redemption, or keep living life status quo. My head knows what my heart truly wants, but now it is about finding the resolve to get them both in sync.
I have recognition of the pain and know it is part of the healing process to move the mountain. God is inviting me to remove the mountain by the roots so I can come out on the other side looking differently, feeling differently, acting differently, and seeing differently.
Maybe you can relate? Maybe you have been in a suffering season for decades and just don’t know how to get your head lined up with your heart to muster enough extravagant faith to move your mountain? It is daunting. It is exhausting. Isn’t it? But this is a battle we were graced to fight and win. You and I have the tools to do this. We can do this. We can win and come out on the other side forever changed. Yes, we can do this!
For God has graciously given you the privilege not only to believe in Christ, but also to suffer for him. Philippians 1:29 (TPT). Suffering brings us closer to full dependence on Our Father. When we get to the point in our lives that we have nothing left except Him, we get to the end of ourselves and find He has been there waiting all along.
I pray over you that you will find the faith you need to turn your suffering into Joyful dancing. You are stronger than you know, and no matter how long and how deep your suffering mountain roots may be, you can remove your mountain at the root level with the Power of our Suffering Savior and find the freedom of wide open spaces with Our Father. He is waiting for you on the other side.