Devotionals

Surviving The Pain of Momentary Afflictions

momentary afflictionsFor this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)

I absolutely detest the gynecologist’s office. It brings me tremendous anxiety and angst, much like the Dentist Office does for most people.

No matter, how much scripture I read, gospel music I listen to, mental preparation I do, or breathing techniques I practice or the coffee I abstain from the morning of my appointment, my blood pressure always skyrockets before my annual wellness exam.

My gentle GYN and her staff are well acquainted with me, so they never are alarmed when my blood-pressure reads 165/95 like it did last week. They calmly ask, “are you nervous?” Every year, I respond: “Yes.” They smile and they try their best to put my nerves at ease.

My sweet GYN, often tries to make small talk to ease my rattled nerves. I often go see her around my birthday, which is always around the time that I take an annual trip. She knows, as she is prepping for my exam to ask me about my trip. This year I went to Mexico. So as she was beginning her exam, she said: “picture Mexico and breathe…”

For most women these exams are just uncomfortable. For me, they are uncomfortable and excruciating. I hate everything about the process. In my rational mind, I am aware that this exam is only but for a moment. But often times, I spend days and even weeks dreading this upcoming moment.

“Oww! That hurts! Why does it hurt?”, I asked through my shallow breathing. She calmly said: “because you tensed up. Relax and it won’t be painful.”

I felt God whispering the same sentiments to me, as I recently found myself in a financial bind. In my rational mind, I know I have been in this space before. I am familiar with it. I know it is only for a moment. I know that I will make it out unscathed.

I also know that obsessing over this moment, doesn’t change the outcome in any way. Tensing up and being stressed only exacerbates the condition of my circumstance.

When God is often doing His best work in me, like my GYN appointments, I detest the process. But I know the process is working out for my good. It’s literally ensuring my wellness. It’s protecting me from potential danger.

Dear Lord,

Everytime I find myself in a bind, let Your Word and Presence remind me that my struggle is only a light and momentary affliction  (2 Corinth. 17-18) and that there is an ultimate purpose for the struggle.

God, forgive me for all the times I have tensed up, letting my feelings get bigger than my faith.

Lord, remind me to breathe through this uncomfortable moment. You have brought me out before, surely You will do it again.

Thank You for being God.

In Jesus’ name,

Amen.

Sophia Vilceus

Sophia Vilceus

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Sophia Sunshine Vilceus is the author of “The Last Pew: Journeying Back to God’s Will After an Affair”, available on Amazon. She's a Christian Writer and English Educator currently based in Maryland.
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43 Comments

43 Comments

  1. Henry Owusu Agyemang Sencherey

    May 30, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Oh yes, God is the same yesterday, today and forever.

  2. Charity Lupiya

    May 30, 2017 at 4:24 am

    Amen & Amen.

  3. Chinwe Madukam

    May 28, 2017 at 6:30 am

    exactly

  4. Nanjala Mary

    May 27, 2017 at 7:50 pm

    EXACTLY HOW I FEEL NOW…

  5. Florence Philemon

    May 27, 2017 at 3:10 pm

    Amen. God kns what am passing thru.

  6. Gifty Macmillan

    May 27, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Indeed

  7. Thomas Syamujaye

    May 27, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Yes Yes Yes …

  8. AQeenyee Maurine

    May 27, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I agree

  9. Tamara Brown

    May 27, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Amen!! Lord knows I’ve got to learn to breath through things because I know you will fix it again.

  10. Barbara Williams

    May 27, 2017 at 10:46 am

    Amen

  11. Francinah Msiza

    May 27, 2017 at 10:37 am

    GOD U DID ONCE & I KNOW U WILL DO IT AGAIN IN JESUS NAME AMEN.

  12. Boitshepo Popo Molefane

    May 27, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Yes.he will do it again

  13. Renee Dolphin Hickson

    May 27, 2017 at 8:20 am

    so very true hallejuah

  14. Winnie Calvert

    May 27, 2017 at 6:35 am

    Amen and amen praise the Lord

  15. Veronica Jackson

    May 27, 2017 at 5:46 am

    Yes God

  16. Dintle Dinny

    May 27, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Amen! He’l do it again in Jesus name.

  17. Ola Ajayi

    May 27, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Amen and Amen

  18. Tonya Simmons

    May 27, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Amen,Amen….

  19. Iugnab Miguel PV

    May 27, 2017 at 4:00 am

    Amen… I am not just a survivor but a warrior…

  20. Mukisa Paul Mpagi

    May 27, 2017 at 3:42 am

    So true

  21. Tracey YG

    May 27, 2017 at 2:56 am

    I’m a believer!!! Amen

  22. Noscelo Ayina Shazi

    May 27, 2017 at 1:34 am

    God be with me.

  23. Fredricka Wright

    May 27, 2017 at 12:59 am

    Amen. So good to me!

  24. Tiffany Wade

    May 27, 2017 at 12:53 am

    Yes Lord!!!

  25. Mary Demmer

    May 27, 2017 at 12:00 am

    Amen ! Thank you JESUS !

  26. Amanda Rae Mausolf

    May 26, 2017 at 11:50 pm

    Michael Mausolf

  27. Theresa Campbell

    May 26, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    Amen

  28. Burris Joyce Pamela

    May 26, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    Amen

  29. Noblestrenght Ria Van T Kruys

    May 26, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Yessss…..Amen!

  30. Denise Jackson

    May 26, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    I came thru kidney failure, struck me when I was 32 yng and pretty, knocked the wind outta my sail!I was a single mom, 3 kids,friends whom I loved an trusted showed me they were never really my friends! Dialysis 3 times a week,8 yrs,I didn’t feel pretty at all anymore!My skin didn’t look good,hair didn’t,lonely depressed just a mess,bt…in that storm,I started seeking His face,me being pretty wasn’t the biggest thing on my mind,I wanted to live! To see my babies grow up,slowly bt surely I began to know Him,slowly bt surely I started to smile again, ppl that were also on dialysis treatment with me who were also depressed started to see me smile,and then glow! They started smiling an heck we all did,during our dialysis treatments! Well a year ago,I got a kidney, aaaaaand a testimony!! Going thru kidney failure ended up being a blessing, I know it sounds crazy bt it did,im healthy, my skin is vibrant an ppl tell me I’m glowing, I GIVE ALL PRAISE TO THE MOST HIGH,Hold on brothers and sisters, He hears your prayers,imma LIVING witness…

  31. Terry Daley

    May 26, 2017 at 11:27 pm

    Thank you Jesus Amen

  32. Jenny-Ulyses Gonzalez

    May 26, 2017 at 11:26 pm

    Connie Armona Ribeaux

  33. Sonya Alexander

    May 26, 2017 at 11:24 pm

    Amen

  34. Holly Anne Flanagan

    May 26, 2017 at 11:16 pm

    Chaylyn Humphreys …your stronger than you know. xo

  35. Kim Binion

    May 26, 2017 at 11:13 pm

    Amen

  36. Zipho Zenhlanhla Xulu

    May 26, 2017 at 11:11 pm

    Amen

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