2015-03: The Great Pain Reliever - Notes from the road #JubileeCD #albumtour
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While on my Jubilee album tour and sharing the title song, I've had some great reactions. As one person said to me just last week: It's a grown up song about grown up issues. 
It speaks of the pain in this world, the abuses, and the call we have as children of God, DNA carriers of the Saviour to "march into the battle" to bring Jesus' life, love, and salve to the world.

There’s a lot of pain in the world; that can’t be denied. Some pain evidences in tears, and crying out. For others it is outplayed through brassiness, sarcastic, caustic remarks, while yet others affect an over-the-top sunshiny radiance, or perhaps a steamy bravado. 

Late last night I listened to the sounds of pain in the street outside where I’m currently staying whilst on my Jubilee album tour. There was lots of shouting - angry and threatening; later, caustic laughter; then as the night proceeded, raucousness. Underneath it all, I heard pain. 

How does your pain evidence? How do you attempt to cover or mask your pain? Proverbial ‘good times’? Drinking and drugs? Avoidance of issues? Withdrawal from people and situations? 

Last night, I too, was in pain. Confusion. Feelings of frustration, hurt - a loss to know what to do. Inability to switch off. There was nowhere to go, nothing to do, (not even any chocolate to be had! :P), no-one to talk to. 

But then…Jesus.

Yes, then I heard a small nudge inside me: Come to Me.

I confess I didn’t want to. But I did. But I didn’t…But I di.... (well you get the picture.) I didn't feeeeeeeel like once again having one of those conversations with God where I pour out all my yuck asking Him to fix it or to give me insight, not to have any quick-fix solutions immediately come to hand. I wanted action alongside the gentle, listening ear and the strong shoulder I knew I’d encounter when I came to Him. (Sometimes we can be so finicky. I say “we” because I know I’m not the only one who feels that way sometimes, right?)

But I did.

And when I did, I found the sore spot was lanced. Some muck was able to drain out. I got an ear, I received comfort. I got a new idea through yet another gentle nudge. I ran with it. 

Is my problem solved? No, not yet. Not that I see. Is my Problem-solver onto it? In faith, I believe, yes!

Is life tough, painful? You better believe it.

Does being a believer shield you from it? No, not always.

What good is God then?

He is the Rock Who is higher than I ("From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; lead me to the rock that is higher than I." Ps 61:2)The One I can run to in the storm and find shelter (The name of the Lord is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe." Prov 18:10), get some rest and become a little braver to face the next day.

There’s a lot of pain in the world, yet with the comfort and help and unwavering hope I can have in God because of and based upon His mercy to me, not my faithfulness to Him, I can be a conduit of relief to those in pain around me.

I can pray for the angry and the violent. I can comfort the hurting and desperately alone. I can seek strategy for making in-roads to see the world become a more hope-filled, life-giving place. One minute at a time. One person at a time. One smile at a time. One pleasant word to counter a caustic one. One day at a time. One faith step at a time.

I can get up tomorrow and try again, knowing that in God I am not 'down for the count' and I’m not alone as long as I lean into Him and follow where He is leading.

Trust Him with your pain. Trust Him in your pain.

Trust Him with others’ pain. Pray for them in their pain.

You, me with Jesus can be relieved from pain and we can be pain-relievers to a world desperately in need of some soul and spirit “tylenol”.

Hope is in a man. Not just any man, but a Man with a redemption plan. The man who took on our pain, carried it and carries us. Jesus, the hope of the nations.

1 Peter 1:3-4 "Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade…" 


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