T.D. Jakes reminded us that God made our bodies to give us pain to tell us when something is wrong so we would know to do something about it. The author, Philip Yancey, touched on the same topic in his book, Where Is God When It Hurts. In fact, Philip Yancey shows us the danger of what happens when the body loses the ability to tell us there is something wrong through pain. T.D. Jakes was relating physical pain to the pain of injustices we see in our country right now. And while he had really great points that he was making and I was agreeing with him, I also was feeling a tug in my spirit over my own physical pain that I have been going through for almost a daily basis over the last few years.
Ephesians 2:10 (NIV) says,
For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
God knew before I ever did that I would have a roadblock of pain that would redirect me. He knew that I would have to stop in my tracks and figure out what it all meant. He knew what He had woven into my life because He had prepared it for me and created me in Christ Jesus to do good works in advance before I even walked this path. So just because there is a path of pain doesn't mean it is a path of uselessness. In fact, if God hasn't offered me the beautiful healing I have been asking for, then at least allow me do good works in the pain. Oh God, reach someone else in this pain and give them hope! That is why I continue to write.
Perhaps you are in a place where you are feeling useless or hopeless. I want you to know that God knew you would be where you are today and wants you to know He is right there with you. You are His handiwork. He created you in Christ Jesus. But there is just so much more than just being created! He created you with a purpose. Every moment of your life is purposed in Christ Jesus. Every moment is an opportunity to do something that matters in the life of someone else. God made you to love others through Christ. What can you do today?