“…Jesus, …who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross…” (Hebrews 12:2)
I had a serious back problem some years ago. It was so bad that I did all my routine activities in pain. In pain, I sat, walked, slept, climbed stairs, shaved, washed, etc. My work suffered greatly too!
As you might expect, I went to my GP, who gave me some strong pain medicines and sent me out to do some tests. No doubt, he attended to me well. But the more he did, the worse my condition became. The pain was the cross I had to endure!
I went to more doctors with time, and all of them said I needed surgery to put my back right. It was to be a complex one with a poor outcome. From it, I could be paralyzed from my waist down. I did not want to do it, but I had no choice. I was in too much pain, and I needed a break.
Some days before the operation, I took my car to a garage for repairs. But I left my wallet at home. That means I had no money on me. So, I trekked nearly four miles back to my house as I could not hire a taxi. The pain I felt as I walked was beyond words. I cried out to God to help me!
After a while, I realized I could walk a little better, though I was still in pain. I was thrilled, and I moved on! Then I decided to walk, pray, and fast daily from the next day, believing God to finish His good work on me. Guess what! I walked better and with less pain day by day.
In the end, I didn’t have the operation, for I healed completely. I endured my cross and focused on God, and it paid off! With ease, I now walk, sit, sleep, climb stairs, shave, wash, etc. Praise God!
We all have our crosses. While some are small, others are big and hard to bear. They include job loss, bad luck, and lack. Also, among them are barrenness, sickness, and grief. Others are wars, disasters, etc.
Which cross are you carrying now? Is it too heavy for you? And are you planning to give up on it? Please, don’t; endure it! Pray about it without ceasing (1 Thessalonians 5:17), and have faith that you’ll be fine, even if nothing backs your position now (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Before long, God will deliver you (Psalm 50:15), and you’ll have joy in your life again (Psalm 30:5) in Jesus’ name. Amen.
–MY WRITING MINISTRY IS EIGHTEEN YEARS OLD THIS MONTH. To God only be the glory.
Jesus is Lord!
Dr. Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu.
Medical Practitioner, Author, and Speaker.
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