Some people say you should just…
“GRIN AND BEAR IT”
But sometimes the pain is so intense that “grinning and bearing it” is not an option.
As many of you know, my Uncle Walter was a POW in World War II. He was kept in a German concentration camp called, Stalag IX-B.
How did he “grin and bear it”?
I wish when I was younger I had spent more time with him, listened to his stories. But you know how it can be…I was young, more interested in my own life. Now that I am older, I wish I had taken more time to hear him tell us of his life’s journey.
When we are young, we can tire of an elder’s reminiscing. “I’ve heard that story before.” Hmmm, and now that my Uncle and both of my parents are gone – OH, HOW I WISH I COULD HEAR ONE MORE STORY FROM THEM!!
Show respect to the aged; honor the presence of an elder; fear your God. I am God. (Leviticus 19:32 MSG)
Back to topic at hand…how are we to grin and bear our pains and hurts?
By drawing close to God.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:18)
So whether your pain is physical or emotional, lean on God. Know that He knows your pain and is walking right along beside you just as He did on the road to Emmaus.
Fall into His arms and have Him grin and bear it.
Thanks to Sharon Spratt for the photos. They are from our bear viewing adventure we experienced…yes we saw 2 bears…TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT!!