This week I am introducing to you: Pam Mirville. Pam and I meet in our sophomore year at Venice High school in Biology class. I am so excited to see the lifestyle that Pam is portraying as an amazing wife and an exceptional mother. Her attitude towards people is so explicit. She always puts others before herself. Although she has been through a lot in her life, no one could tell because of the joy that she carries with her. I know that through Christ, she has certainly found her joy. Thank you for your post, welcome to the platform, Pam.
We all experience struggles throughout our lives that send us running towards God with prayer and holding onto the truths we find in scripture. He uses these times to bring us closer to Him, grow in our faith, and fulfill His purpose. We don’t always understand why, but we must trust in Him. I’m sure this is something that we can all relate to at one time or another.
Last summer I went through one of the most challenging experiences of my life. My husband started a new career and we relocated to a new town with our seven-year-old son. Instead of enjoying this transition with decorating my new home and exploring our new city, I found myself in physical pain and constant discomfort that quickly escalated. I was miserable and unable to eat or sleep for weeks. I had no relief. I was completely exhausted, worn down, and defeated. While my family was supportive, it was not enough. I needed God and I needed Him like never before. When life is tough, we desire a peace and comfort that is not humanly possible, it can only come from our Heavenly Father. So, I cried and I cried out to Him with all my heart and not to heal me or make it go away. Although I would be more than grateful if that was His will! I asked Him for help to face whatever was happening and I praised Him.
Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God…
I praised Him for being a loving God, for having a purpose in all that I was going through, and for caring about me. I prayed that He would give me the strength and courage to get through every minute of each day. I clung to scriptures and was soothed by His written word and songs of worship. When all else failed, I had the hope of the future, the promise of salvation. I was reminded that Jesus had endured the physical and emotional distress that I was and much more. He suffered and died on the cross all for us. I am saved by His grace and sacrifice. There is no greater or more precious gift. I could find comfort and gratitude in this alone. My thoughts began to shift towards others. My heart broke and I prayed for other people with chronic pain and debilitating conditions. And most importantly that they would know God. I cannot imagine going through any of this without knowing my Lord and Savior!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
During this time, I learned to trust and lean on God at a whole new level. We are often fooled into thinking we are doing this very thing, yet we rely on our own knowledge and look to others for advice and answers. We even find comfort in our own rationalizations. When we are stripped from all of this and forced to wait in the dark, that’s when we can really trust in Him. My heart has been forever changed and I am closer to Him now. I gained perspective and an authentic empathy for others. You never know what someone else is going through. Some of the toughest battles we fight are invisible to others, both physically and emotionally. As followers of Christ, we must strive to have true compassion.
I also see how God’s hands were at work before, during, and after this experience. He was in control of every detail. I was in a new place where I could not rely on all of my family and friends. I turned to God alone. I found a doctor locally that was able to diagnose and treat me and who happened to be an expert in his field. With the move, I resigned from my job and was able to take the year off from work. I have been so thankful for this time to heal, reflect and enjoy the simple things in life that not too long ago seemed impossible!
Whatever you are going through, you are not alone. No matter how big or small, He cares. God hears your cries and knows when you are hurting. He is an all-knowing and powerful God, who already knows your every need. But His desire is for you to come to Him in prayer, lean on Him, and trust in Him!