My mom wrote this post today on her blog and it really got me thinking.
Many don't know this history, and it's actually quite relieving to see so much joy entering my mother's life as she begins to open up and share her life (and what an amazing life it is). What a blessing the internet can be that way.
It also got me thinking about the answer to her question....why does God allow suffering? Such a difficult, overbearing type of question to answer; especially when I feel so inadequate to share my own thoughts. Often, I look at my life and wonder to myself, "when is the despair going to hit? When will I have to suffer like 'her'?" I hope I never have to, because really, my life has been so great. For me, however, there have been difficult things--things I'd wish on no one, but do wish more had a real understanding.
Though my griefs are not mine to share, so never will I open up this way in such a public way. The last few weeks, however I have found just that--some understanding. The supposed ailment/problem/painful annoyance of TMJ, turned into a great, great blessing as I have been able to go to the DENTIST (yes, you read that right) for relief from not only my physical pain, but also some of my spiritual aching. And it has helped tremendously to have new found friends/cheerleaders in my journey.
So, sometimes, I think God allows us to experience aching in order to create an opportunity for us to find healing. Sometimes, He allows it to create more gratitude for our lives as they were or will be...or even as they are. Sometimes, He allows it so that we will turn to Him more fully (as we do that, our lives will be increasingly blessed). And sometimes, He allows it, so others can learn these things vicariously through others experiences and find the beauty-full in our own just a little bit more each day.
This perspective keeps me moving some days. So today, I'm grateful for the dentist.