Recently I read, again:

Hebrews 12:2  Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (KJV)

I don’t like to suffer.  I don’t like pain.  And recently there has been a lot of both and both physical and emotional.

A few years ago, in a Bible study, I read the above verse and was struck at that time with the fact that I am going to suffer here on earth – there is no option.  But in reading the verse I realized that I too have a joy set before me . . . I will spend eternity with my God and my Saviour.

This gives me strength and peace in the midst of my pain.  God loves me! My hope is in Him!