How to Make Sense of Suffering?

Kevin update:

    The road to recovery has many mountains and valleys. Learning to focus and to appreciate the small things in the mountains helps you gain perspective in the valley’s.

Saturday and part of Sunday was probably our hardest days. The pain medicine made Kevin extremely lethargic. He didn’t want to sit up, much less walk, like they were strongly suggesting we do. Our pom-poms got a full workout!

Sunday morning Kevin intestines began to move, but the stomach gases were still there causing much discomfort. Every medical professional that would walk in the room would say…”WALK, WALK, WALK!” So we did.

The nurses keep encouraging us that all the other signs, outputs, drainage, and strength and mobility show us that he is recovering well. Kevin is right on track.

We are still walking through a process.

Slow and steady is the type of recovery we want.

I received another devotional by Sarah Young called Jesus Today which she wrote for those particularly struggling through the valley of suffering.

    “Sometimes My Sovereign hand – My control over your life – places you in humbling circumstances. You feel held down, held back, and powerless to change things. You long to break free and feel in control of your life once again. Although this is an uncomfortable position, it is actually a good place to be. Your discomfort awakens you from the slumber of routine and reminds you that I am in charge of your life. It also presents you with an important choice: You can lash out at your circumstances – resenting My ways with you – or you can draw closer to Me.
    When you are suffering, your need for Me is greater than ever. The more you choose to come near to me, affirming your trust in Me, the more you can find hope in My unfailing Love. You can even learn to be joyful in hope while waiting in My Presence – where Joy abounds. Persevering in trusting Me, and I will eventually life you up. Meanwhile, cast all your anxiety on Me, knowing that I care for you affectionately and I am watching over you continually.”

Humbling circumstances that remind you that you are not really in control.

Now Kevin and I have been on both sides of that – from a patient’s side and a caretaker’s side. WOW! The places our God will take you! But He so gently encourages me that He is watching over us continually! Continually holding our hand.

The day before the surgery, I watched this video from David Platt of “How to make sense of Suffering.”

My words wouldn’t be able to do this segment justice! It speaks all on its own! Whether you have been through significant suffering or you haven’t…this is a huge teaching tool to prepare anyone’s heart.

Whew! It blew me away!

Thank you prayer warriors!


  1. We pray for you and Kevin everyday at the beginning of our school day! Just remember the song, “somebody’s praying you through”. Actually, a whole lot of “THE” body of Christ by the looks of past and present posts! Love you my sister in Christ.
    Cindy Leisey

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