I don’t ever remember having growing pains as a kid, but my own kids really seem to struggle with growing pains. The other night my daughter was in bed and hollered for me to come and help. As I came in, she complained that she was having growing pains and my first reaction was sheer excitement! Allow me to explain…
I am short, my husband is short, our son is average height for his age but our daughter is way below average on height. Most folks think she is in 1st grade or Kindergarten when she’s actually a 3rd grader. So the thought of a growth spurt had me completely delighted, and I responded to her, “That is great!!!!” To which she looked up at me with her sweet little face and said, “But it hurts.” I encouraged her that the pain is her bodies’ way of telling her that she is going to grow, that in a few days she will wake up taller!
I immediately thought of my loving heavenly Father and how many things I’ve gone through in life: circumstances, situations, and people that He intended to grow me and how many times I’ve looked up and said…”But it hurts.”
The Lord brought this scripture to mind and I hope it encourages you today.
“We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5:3-5
Praise the Lord for that! I’m not sure what you’re going through today, the pain and suffering that you might be in the midst of, or what you may be persevering through. I do know that it hurts but I hope you know that God can use it to grow you!