With rheumatoid arthritis, every day is a struggle. That is just one of the things that can make life really hard. Not just for me, but for most people. There are many different types of struggles. But the good news is that, no matter what trials we face, we can know without any doubt that there are better days coming.
“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)
Knowing that my pain won’t last forever, I have hope. It makes me want to behave as though my life is not about the pain, because it’s not. My life is about being a Christian… the best Christian I can be. Because I have the assurance that the weight of my affliction doesn’t compare to the glorified life and body that are awaiting me. Even if my hardships here on this earth remain until I die, my eternal life will be without pain and strife. That promise is more than enough to keep me going.
“But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body to be like His glorious body, by the power that enables Him even to subject all things to Himself.” (Philippians 3:20-21)
Jesus knows our pain and our sorrows. He feels them. He loves us, and He will give us all of the strength that we need, if only we will truly let Him.
He gives me the power to arise every morning. His might carries me through each and every day. I can overcome the pain and strain from moving, toiling, and enduring throughout my life because He carries me. To God be the glory.