But That Hurt

When someone said something that hurt me deeply, I resisted the urge to walk out of the room. Instead, I managed to pray a quick, "Please, Lord, give me a verse that will tell me how to respond." He did, and I was helped out of the immediate situation.

But the next morning the hurt lingered. While I prayed, I remembered one lady's revelation. While struggling through a difficult time, God showed her that nothing, not even a cross look, could come to her unless it passed before God and was approved by Him.

I realized that my hurt may have been part of His purpose for me. The knowledge of this brought tears of gratitude. "Thank You, God, for allowing the pain," and with the thanksgiving came healing for my discontented spirit.

As we choose to focus on God and trust Him, He can make us contented by changing our circumstances or by changing us so that our circumstances are no longer burdens. When we trust God to direct every detail of our lives, we can then accept His choices with thanksgiving.

Thank You, Jesus, for grace to receive whatever You allow.

"I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation...I can do everything through him who gives me strength" (Philippians 4:12, 13).