Something Mighty is Behind the Pain!

March 22, 2010 by  
Filed under Christian Life, Family Focus

By Norma Vera –

Many years ago, my mother died and then my husband divorced me.  Those
days were filled with pain. I thought I would never heal. I felt like I
was swimming upstream or against a current it took so much out of me.

To keep from losing my mind, I played racquetball every morning and tennis
every evening. Switching grips from one sport to the other was not easy.
I was forced to invent a backhand grip that I could use with both games. I
curved my right arm all the way back until my tennis racquet was slightly
higher than the left side of my head.  It was similar to a racquetball
backhand. Next, I waited until the ball was at knee-level, then I would
sliced the ball and kill it right at the outside corners of the tennis
court beyond my opponents reach. I never intended to play for any other
reason than to forget my pain.  As a result, I developed a backhand curved
slice that helped me compete against players that were far better than I
was.

These past two years have been emotionally hard also.  I have spent more
time in prayer than ever in my life. A couple of days ago I got another
bad report.  I cried a little, than something supernatural rose up inside
of me. Without thinking I said, “I am not afraid, God is on my side!” My
own words surprised me as a song bubbled-up inside of me and a shout of
joy overtook me.

I did not give myself to prayer to become a great prayer warrior. I prayed
because I was hurting so deeply. Never knowing that when the next evil
report came in, my spirit would automatically swim upstream. So when my
wounded spirit tried to cry, a KILLSHOT of a victory song arose inside of
me and JOY defeated sadness!!!

 These are hard times people are under enormous stress. Many are losing
their children to war, while others are struggling to pay their
mortgages.

Most people I know are praying harder than ever, but others have lost
faith in prayer. I know a few who have shut down emotionally and would
rather sleep all day surrendering to despair. Sleeping profits us nothing.
It is not as if we are going to wake up and, “Walla” our problems solved
themselves.

I heard a testimony of a man buried in the snow for a couple of days and
survived. When ask, “What was going through your mind? Did you think you
were going to die?”

He answered, “All I could think was, don’t panic or go to sleep, just keep
on digging until you reach the top. I knew that if I did either my life
would be over.”

“How did you know you were digging upward?” asked the reporter.

The man said, “I didn’t, I just trusted God’s grace.”

 I have a picture on my bathroom mirror of a crane trying to swallow a
frog but the frog is choking the crane. At the bottom it reads, “NEVER
GIVE UP!”

We must pray and never give up. Something mighty is developing behind our
pain if we faint not! God has a ‘BACKHAND SHOT’ that will defeat all the
forces of hell and darkness! Besides our children need to see God’s
goodness in our day of trouble. Then they will say, “My parent’s God, is
Truly God!”

About Norma Vera

Comments

14 Responses to “Something Mighty is Behind the Pain!”
  1. Susan Taylor says:

    Another great story to motivate others from Vera. “Grandma” … please … keep teaching us wisdom!

  2. Patty Taylor says:

    I give the article a 5 star rating. It is an accurate detail of God’s grace and it lifts me up. Thank you for publishing this article! Patty Taylor

  3. Frances Snider says:

    This was really excellent! I played tennis once with her and she was good; but the way she has used this to illustrate her story was great!

  4. Nina Medrano says:

    Very encouraging article. Great Word!

  5. Carla Johnson says:

    What encouraging words. Sometimes it helps to be reminded that it’s “not by might, not by power, but by my spirit says the Lord”.

  6. Norma is so very gifted in taking her adversity’s in life and creating a story that just about anyone could identify with and learn to persevere.

  7. Ann KNowles says:

    God has gifted Norma and used her to touch many hearts. I have seen her triumph over many trials and bless others with her story.

  8. RoseMary Rojo says:

    Norma,
    God has blessed you with the gift of words. This article, like many of the others, is so inspirational. It reminds us that we are not alone in our suffering and that God is in control. I will pray for you.

  9. Debbie Ellis says:

    Norma, thanks for being transparent.
    This world needs the reality of Christ and the understanding
    of His faithfulness in these most difficult times.
    You are an inspiration to all!

  10. Linda says:

    Hi Auntie
    Great Word!For Abba Father nothing is too difficult for Him.
    Zephaniah 3:17 (New International Version)

    17 The LORD your God is with you,
    he is mighty to save.
    He will take great delight in you,
    he will quiet you with his love,
    he will rejoice over you with singing.”
    love you

  11. Norma, that was a great inspiring story .I like how yu parralel the stories to real issues in life.

  12. JoAnn Pennington says:

    Excellent article. You are really growing in presenting your ideas, experiences,and your writing in general. Great improvement. Call me, and we’ll have lunch.

  13. Leslie Savitz says:

    Another great story filled with wisdom and hope. Way to write, Norma!!

  14. Sydney Louise Larsen says:

    Hi Norma, I finally got around to reading this article here at work. I wanted more detail on you “pain” so I would cry with you, which would make me “rejoice” more in your victory. Was it just supposed to be a very short article? I think you could write a book covering the details of these times in your life. I think you are headed in the right direction with your writing & showing real promise of greatness. Love & prayers, Sydney

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