Frankly Speaking ........Now!

A "Mountain" of a Story

   A “Mountain” of a Story!


“Our suffering is light and temporary. It is producing for us an eternal glory that is greater than anything we can imagine.” 2 Corinthians 4:17.

 

 

Eventually, I returned. As I climbed and descended the mountain, I realized the very thing that brought hurt into my life was also bringing healing.  Several weeks prior, I was jogging down a trail and twisted my ankle on some loose rock, which also damaged my knee.  That experience kept me from exercising and doing several basic things...walking, being one! It’s frustrating not to be able to walk without pain or even ride a bike during one of the most beautiful times of the year. The weather is wonderful, low 70’s, and everything is green because of the unusual amount of rain! As a result of the injury, I gained weight and my clothes didn’t fit right. Even though I needed time to heal, I didn’t feel good about myself because of my inactivity AND those talking scales!

 

The very same rocks that had participated in my injury were now helping my knee and ankle exercise in many of the ways needed.  Both were being strengthened little by little. I was careful not to reinjure them, constantly watching my footing; each day brought new strength and more confidence to go on longer hikes and tougher trails. The very place where I had been wounded was the very place I was receiving healing. Over time, healing gradually came. I could start walking again without pain.  It was great to see the scenery from the top of the mountain again!


 

 

As I was typing these words into my iphone, I chose to go down a steeper slope.  It was obviously the quickest way down, but also a harder way.  I lost my footing on the loose rocks and my feet flew out from underneath me. I reached out to brace myself from the fall...okay, actually to keep from busting my butt AND there was a “Long Thorn” Cactus right where my hand was going…yep, perfect landing!!




There was no avoidance. I had chosen this path, knowing it was a harder trail. This is what came with that choice and there was no turning back, now!  As the thorns penetrated my hand, blood spewed and then started flowing freely...a gusher. I cried out in pain, asking the Lord, “why?”  It hurt so badly I wanted to cry! The blood kept flowing. I was miles into the mountain preserves...alone. What if it doesn’t stop? Lord, help me!

 

 

He reminded me that He WAS helping.“What? All I know is I am hurt again!” The response was, “The very thing you are experiencing now will be the door for more healing in your life!”  I started weeping for a different reason than what I had just experienced. I was being infused with thoughts of the pain my Lord endured...the crown of thorns upon His head...the nail scarred hands...the beating... whipping... humiliation from being spat upon, mocked and treated like He was nothing. He did nothing to deserve anything He went through.  Yet, He chose to do it for an eternal reason;  a reason bigger than Himself...YOU...US!!!

 

“He was wounded for our rebellious acts.  He was crushed for our sins.  He was punished so that we could have peace and receive healing from His wounds.”  Isaiah 53:6.



 

Jesus could have taken a different path, also! BUT, He chose to take the hard road, because that’s the one that would have the greatest results.  It is the road that freed us from our sin. It is the one that paid for our emotional, physical and eternal healing AND it is the one that cleared and paved the way to heaven for ALL who would choose to believe in Him.

“We must run the race that lies ahead of us and never give up.  We must focus on Jesus, the source and goal of our faith.  He saw the joy ahead of Him, so He endured the death on the cross it brought Him.  Then He received the highest position in heaven, the one next to the throne of God.  Think about Jesus, who endured….so that you don’t become tired and give up.”  Heb 12:1-3.

Almost forgetting my throbbing hand, I thought about all that happened and realized that all my experiences, and the pain, helped me understand Him, His pain and ALL He endured more completely. Although, this is not even in the same category or league, my “thorn scarred” hand helped me relate to His “nail scarred” hands more than I ever had before. My “temporary” pain helped me gain understanding, revelation AND a deeper trust in Him that ALL things ARE working together for our good! I know the statements He makes are more than just words…He lived them.  He understands exactly what we are going through...He’s already experienced them. The things He promises...We can count on!

Let’s be encouraged and inspired when He says, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God AND trust in me!”  He continues to work on our behalf, giving us strength to go through and do ALL things. He’s the greatest example of being “ALL MAN!”  He did more than “get’er done.” He did what it took! He declared, “IT IS FINISHED!”   No matter what we are facing, let’s continue forward, choosing to finish well and to finish strong each and every day! Our faith is not in vain...it has great reward...now and forever!

 

Believing the best with you, 

 

Frank Withers 

 

Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled.  Trust in God, and trust in me.  There are many rooms in my Father’s house; I would not tell you this if it were not true.  I am going there to prepare a place for you.  After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”  John 14:1-4.

 

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.  The only way to the Father is through me.” John 14:6.

 

 

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