91 – Suffering

A young man was sitting on a bench at the corner of the street, looking at the ground. He began to cry. He was going through the most challenging time of his life and he didn’t know what to do.

His wife had left him and taken their daughter with her to her mother’s house. He had been fired from his job for something he didn’t do. And he had recently been diagnosed with a difficult illness that changed his life forever.

He stopped crying and said to himself, “What am I supposed to do now?”

“I know,” he said. “I’ll pray. I don’t know what else to do.”

He prayed, “Dear God, I don’t know what to do. I’ve lost almost everything in my life. Don’t you see my hardships? Don’t you care about my suffering?”

He put his face into his hands and began to cry again.

Just then, a thick fog rolled down the streets and covered him. He could barely see his hands. “What’s going on?” he said to himself.

A deep voice replied, “I know you are suffering, and I know your hardships. You don’t have to worry. Seek Me, and you will find all that you’re looking for.”

The young man said, “Who are you?” and the fog began to lift. The young man found himself sitting on the bench, convinced he had just heard from God.

So the young man made it his mission to seek God. He started reading the Bible, he started to pray every day, and he started to go to church and Sunday school. God’s words, especially His promises, seemed to resonate with the young man.

With time, the young man realized that he was seeking the wrong things in his life. He needed to put God first to find happiness and contentment.

With his new found faith, his wife returned to him and seemed like a different person. The young man found a new job, better than his previous one. And he learned that his illness could be managed with medicines.

God was restoring his life and he was a new person because of God’s faithfulness.

This story is an inspiration to us all. We all go through trials, some small, some large. Regardless, God is always with us. He allows it to happen so that we might draw closer to Him and closer to each other. No matter what you are going through, simply don’t give up and persevere in your faith. In time, you will find peace and contentment.

“I will be glad and rejoice in Your unfailing love, for You have seen my troubles, and You care about the anguish of my soul.”

Psalm 31:7

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”

Matthew 6:33

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