A Desert of Pain



At that time Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert
to be tempted by the devil. Matthew 4:1

Chronic pain is probably the most distracting, tiring, energy-draining, hope-depleting experience I’ve ever had. Last night’s wakefulness kept me struggling to put my focus on God. “Help!” was as complicated as my prayers got.

Whether or not I believe God is with me in the desert of pain, God is there. Whether or not I can feel God in the bleakness of pain, God is there. Whether or not I continue to experience physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual pain, God is there. In the moment, in the pain, in the prayer.

I told the devil last night, “You ain’t gonna get me yet.”

6 thoughts on “A Desert of Pain

  1. SaintlySages

    As a mother’s travail is replaced by joy when she sees her child, so will the faithful disciple’s grief be replaced by joy, so says Christ (Jn 16:20-24). God bless!


  2. CurtissAnn

    I never thought about the pain Jesus must have endured in the desert. It is striking to me, now that you have pointed it out. I have a hard time believing God is with me in pain. But surely He is, as He was with Jesus. My prayers go up for you, dear friend.



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