Thankful for the Pain: Open Heart, Open Doors

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After a year of X-rays, surgeries and tests, the answer to my problem was a root canal. My first response was, “Great! We figured it out.” But then, frustration set in. Why couldn't they have figured this out three medical bills sooner and avoided months of discomfort? But, oddly enough, I felt grateful. 

During that year of the unknown, I found myself drawing closer to God, even moreso than previous seasons of my life. I found myself asking God more questions. I became more curious about things left unanswered. It’s as if God was taking me on a journey to increase my faith. He was teaching me to not be afraid of the unknown. I believe there comes a moment in life where we can boldly, confidentially express that fear will not rule over us.

I created a space inside my heart so that, no matter what has crossed my path, I seek that place to find comfort when trials come. As you put God in the middle of your problems, you become thankful for the pain, trials, mistakes and lessons learned because you realize it has made you into the person you are today. Is it easy? No. A walk in the park? Absolutely not! But I am beginning to see the beauty in life increase as each year passes. No matter what the year brings, I can see how God turns mourning into joy, pain into His glory, and huge disappointments into the greatest setups.

In order to stay ready to receive these things, we must keep a thankful heart toward others. If we are closed off, we miss receiving so many things that can help mend our hearts, stretch us in our ability to grow and, ultimately, put a lid on your potential. You have been called to bring fire to a once dead city. You have ideas that need to be heard. Platforms need to hear your voice. The late, great Dr. Myles Munroe once said,

The wealthiest place on the planet is just down the road. It is the cemetery. There lies buried companies that were never started, inventions that were never made, bestselling books that were never written, and masterpieces that were never painted. In the cemetery is buried the greatest treasure of untapped potential.

We can choose to stay closed off, remain hurt and live in regret, or we can allow God to mend our hearts and help us see the good. I believe if we keep our heart in a position to be vulnerable and open with God, we are able to receive blessings—maybe even from the ones who have caused the hurt. In return for your pain or suffering, God will allow open doors and opportunities that only God can open, not men. If we stay in the place of hurt or offense, we never get to see all that God has for us. So, this holiday season, allow God to use you and tap into your potential. This can be done when we let go and allow God to come into every area of our life. Then, we can have the eyes to see that—even in the greatest pain points—we can remain grateful.