What is a gift? Most of us think of a gift as something positive and fun – maybe even fashionable! We give and receive gifts for happy occasions like Christmas, birthdays and anniversaries. We usually give a gift that reflects a bit of our personality. Many times I’ve given the gift of an angel figurine because I collect angels and believe so strongly that angels surround each of us every day.
I read a quote today that really made me re-think the concept of gifts.
Pain is a gift. It puts us in a position where we’re quicker to be desperate for God. When we seek Him, we will find Him. – Lauren Scruggs
Wow – seriously – pain is a gift? Well, at the risk of stating the obvious, I’m in pain and don’t feel like it’s a gift. LOL.
I understand the concept – when we are at our lowest, that’s when we depend on God the most. On the mountaintops we rely less on Him. I’m not sure why it is like that, but I suspect it’s just human nature. When the road is smooth, we don’t drive as cautiously and we’re not on the lookout for the potholes in the road.
My physical pain will be a distant memory soon, but not everyone’s pain is temporary. There are so many different types of pain, and they all involve different kinds of suffering. In addition to physical pain, there is mental, emotional, and spiritual pain.
Lauren Scruggs, a beautiful model, lost her eye and hand in an accident. She wrote a wonderful book called Your Beautiful Heart; 31 Reflections on Love, Faith, Friendship, and Becoming a Girl Who Shines. It’s my go-to book when I’m feeling sorry for myself. Yes, even Christians suffer from self-pity from time to time. We’re not perfect – just forgiven. 🙂