There are times in my conversations with the LORD that I can’t bear to see all the pain and carnage suffered by people and I will say: LORD, can’t you just end it all now!
We experience victories and on the other side of that victory is yet another challenge. The enemy is relentless and never stops the attacks. If he can’t get to you directly because your shield is held high, he goes after those close to you.
People are broken, hurting, bleeding and often it is our own brothers and sisters the enemy uses to trample on these wounded soldiers. Those called to build us up are the very vessels tearing us apart.
Through all the battles and the endless onslaught when you are in His presence everything makes sense. Every burden, every insult, every arrow fades away when it is just you and your creator together in the Garden.
When we give Him room to be LORD over ALL facets of our being, He reveals Himself as the Alpha and Omega but also… as the lover of our souls.
I look at where I was a decade ago and find throughout this journey the LORD has been fortifying me and filling me with His strength. The things which may have wounded me in the past seem to have no effect any longer and even the worst trials are bearable.
There is a peace, His peace, which undergirds me and all I can say is that it is not me standing on the battlefield any longer – it is Christ in me!
He truly does work all things together for the good!
Beloved, there will always be pain in this life on earth and as I have found, the pain is more intense the further we are away from Him.
In this season God is calling His Bride to come closer because He does not want you to suffer more than you should.
He is asking for complete yieldedness, for us to surrender our crowns at His feet and take up our cross so that Christ in us can do the greater works. There has to be a death before there is a resurrection.
He wants us to come closer with all our hang-ups, weaknesses, sins and shortcomings and to not feel any shame. He works all these things out of us when we come to Him in complete trust. He will never break a bruised reed!
The pain will become more intense for those who are resisting Him. This is not a word of death, it is the reality of been a part of the Kingdom and trying to function apart from the King.
There is an anesthetic for pain and it is found in Christ. He is the One who binds up the broken hearted and delivers us from all our afflictions.
Pain will always exist but in Him the burden is light and the yoke is easy. He is calling His beloved to the Garden where everything will begin to make sense. The questions you have fade into nothingness at His feet.
I wrote something a long time ago, at the time I did not even know the words I penned were prophetic and that it was Him in me doing the writing but now I know and I give Him ALL the Glory.
Diamonds in Pain
Deep in earth’s crust fire mingles with force,
Volcanic pressure creates, a treasured resource.
A hardened rock is transformed by smoldering fire,
A diamond is crafted in elements so dire.
Pain is a fire that devours the soul,
It scars all tenderness, it leaves a gaping hole.
It’s a force that exerts unbearable pressure,
It suffocates the heart, it thrusts beyond measure.
Pain is the symptom of trials, lament and remorse,
It’s a part of our journey, it’s etched in life’s course.
In the grasp of time, its meaning is concealed,
Its purpose discerned, when we completely healed.
When the fire is doused, and there remains no more fuel,
A life is transformed into an invaluable jewel.
“And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away,'”” Revelation 21:3-4 (NIV)
~ Ashley Hutheram
Ashley Hutheram – a son of God in Christ Jesus.