Friday, April 9, 2010

This is going to hurt…

Part of the blessing of getting chemotherapy is that you have access to some very, very smart, knowledgeable, and experienced nurses on many many topics. I was on a quest to get advice on how to help my granddaughter overcome her fear of needles, so getting my chemotherapy had another purpose. I was on a mission to access the knowledge base of the team of nurses. My own nurse deferred to another, who was quick to acknowledge that she isn't like some mothers and said very matter of factly.

"I don't negotiate with my kids on shots. I look them straight in the eye and say, this is going to hurt. It won't hurt very long, and after it is over you are going to get a sticker".

Bam. I liked it.

I think this is great advice on all types of tests and trials, especially the tests and trials of faith.

I can imagine our heavenly Father wanting to tell us as we are to be tested, "this is going to hurt. It won't hurt very long, and after it is over you are going to get a sticker."

Bam. I am not sure I like it.

1 Peter 1: 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials.7 These have come so that your faith–of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire–may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. (NIV)

So, now I begin to think of things beyond stickers we can prepare for our Granddaughter.

"Becca, this is going to hurt. It won't hurt very long, and after it is over you are going to get a this and a that and a this and a that and a this and a …. and a …. "

I also imagine the Holy Trinity conferring as a test is planned and communicated to me. "This is going to hurt. It won't hurt very long, and after it's over you are going to get an eternal home that you cannot even begin to imagine, and a this and a that and a this and a that while you live and move and have your being on planet earth".

Bam. I am beginning to like it.

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