Chappy's corner "Where does it hurt?"

Joe had a headache that started at the front of his head and went all the way to the back. He went to his doctor who did all kinds of test and concluded, “Joe there is no medical reason for this, I suggest you go see a psychologist to see if it is a mental issue?” Joe saw a psychologist who gave him many tests and in the end said, “I see no psychological reason for your headaches. Maybe your problem is spiritual, why don’t you go see a priest.” So, Joe went to his priest, and the priest asked him if he was carrying any burden or guilt for a past wrong. Joe said no. Finally the priest said, “Why we don’t pray about it and then why don’t you go for a nice walk and enjoy God’s creation.” So, they prayed and Joe went for a walk. On his walk he saw a clothing store having a special on suits. Joe went in and the salesman looked at him and said, “I see you are looking for a suit and I can tell you are a size 42 long, and you have a pant size 36 inch waist with 34 inch inseam.” Joe was shocked and said, “That’s exactly correct!” After Joe picked out a suit, the salesman said, “Would you like a shirt too?” Joe agreed. Salesman said, “Let’s see you wear a 17 inch collar.” Joe argues, “Oh, No! You’re wrong there. I have a size 15 collar.” The salesman argues back, “That’s can’t be… if you wore a size 15 it would cut off the flow of blood to your head and you would have a headache that starts at the front of your head and go all the way to the back of your head.”


Suffering is a part of life and sometimes we are the source of our own suffering. Like Joe, our stubborn pride or our ignorance may create difficult days for us and for those we love. Other times suffering just happens and we become the victim. But as a Christian I know that although suffering maybe a consequence of sin, it is not a punishment for what we have done or said. For on the cross Jesus took the punishment for all our sins so we could be forgiven and made God’s people. As Isaiah the prophet states, But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was punished so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed. All of us, like sheep, have strayed away. We have left God’s paths to follow our own. Yet the Lord laid on him the sins of us all. (Isaiah 53: 5-6)


So why does a loving God let us suffer? I can think of many reasons, but one is to draw us closer to Him. Many years ago a woman said, “People say God won’t give you more than you can handle!” She then stated, “I don’t believe that. I believe that God gives you more than you can handle so you turn to Him for His help!” I like her thought. God is always there, but when times are good we often forget about him. We tend to think we can handle it on our own. But when times are tough, when it hurts too much, then we look beyond ourselves for some help. May I suggest in good or bad days we always look to the one created us, who gave his life for our eternal salvation and to the one who promises not to abandon us.


Just my thoughts from this SE corner of South Dakota


CH (LTC) David Gunderson