I have been chronically ill for over seven years.
I have prayed over and over again for God to heal me. Throughout the years, I have had family and church members praying for me. I even went to the elders of the church and had them pray over me and anoint me with oil.
And God has yet to heal me.
The pain of dealing with an illness which knows no end is heartbreaking.

But Jesus is no stranger to heartbreak

In Luke 22:42-44 we see Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane right before he would be betrayed and crucified. He says:

“Father if you are willing, please take this cup from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.”

Then the bible says an angel appeared and strengthened him. And then Jesus prayed more fervently and was in such agony his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.
Jesus prayed while in pain. And while the Father strengthened him, he did not take the pain away.

In Hebrews 12:2b the bible says

“For the joy set before him, he [Jesus] endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

Perhaps, what helped Jesus endure was knowing He could trust His Father. He knew God would work his anguish out for the good of all people. He knew it would be worth it in the end because the pain would be short lived compared to the eternity he would secure for us in heaven.

God strengthened Jesus. But he did not remove the cross.
And then God used Jesus to redeem every person who has ever lived or ever will live. When Jesus trusted God’s plan, God used the hard thing he endured for something grand.
In the same way, when we encounter difficult situations in life, God may choose to strengthen us instead of taking our difficulties away. He may choose to grow our faith, instead of healing us. He may choose to help us learn to lean on his strength, instead of removing the thorn from our side.
Paul knew this well. In 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 he says:

“I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’”

God strengthened Paul by reminding him of his grace. But God did not remove the painful thorn.
And then God used Paul in mighty ways to build his church and write many books in the New Testament which still influence readers today.

When Paul trusted God’s plan, God used what he endured to create something grand.

We may pray for God to heal us or to remove a miserable circumstance from our life, but what will we do if he chooses not to?

•We can lean on His strength to help us endure. We can trust in His plan and His ability to work it all out for our good. (Romans 8:28).

•We can remember He promise to never leave us or forsake us. (Deuteronomy 31:8).

•And we can remember our pain here will be short lived compared to the eternity awaiting us.

It can be hard when God chooses to strengthen us instead of removing our suffering.
But when we trust in God’s plan, he can turn our pain into something grand.


Collene is wife and mother of three who loves to write in her spare time. She loves to inspire and encourage women to find their hope in Jesus and seek rest in His Presence so that they will know they are loved, adored, forgiven, and can be used for His Kingdom no matter how broken they are.

You can connect with her on her Blog http://www.restandchaos.com or over on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/restandchaos or Instagram http://www.instagram.com/restandchaos

Published by Favoureddaughters

I am a Christian Blogger who is passionate about teaching the word of God to encourage women live a life of purpose.


  1. Thanks for sharing the post! Very encouraging. 2 Corinthians 12 definitely comes to mind with all this — the thorn in Paul’s flesh. But even in the face of darkness, God still provides us joy!

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    1. Absolutely! Thanks for shedding more light. God is great, he is an amazing father who loves us in spite of everything.


  2. When I was younger, I would reflect on what happens when God does not remove the pain. I have to say, it was frightening. Now, as you have written above, we have much to learn from God’s word about these times (some can be lifelong) in our lives and how to walk in faith and relationship.

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    1. Yes sis, holding on to his word and trusting him is the part we need to play. Thanks for reading ❤


  3. Growing up in church, Paul’s gratitude for weakness so that God’s strength could be made evident prompted an inward eye roll from me! But as I mature both in years and time spent with God, it really does become more real. There’s something very liberating about being honest about our limitations. Whether they be physical in nature or relating to the poverty of our spirit, God has everything we need in abundance! I admire your courage to trust even when your ongoing request has not been given.

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  4. I appreciate Collene’s insights on this topic. I love how God has used the Luke 22 and Hebrews 12 passages to minister to her as she deals with constant pain. If Christ endured, so can we – with his help.

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  5. Collene brings up a tough but great question: What will we do if God chooses not to remove our thorn? If you live long enough, this is a question we will all have to ask ourselves. I’ve come to realize that I can’t dwell on the things I can’t change. That is why we have to lean on God’s understanding and not our own.

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  6. Oh Collene! I have been experiencing pain in my spine for many years too. Aside from pain management, I have drawn closer to Jesus because He helps keep me focused on Him. A friend asked me if I was tired of waiting on the Lord to heal me and if I ever got mad at Him. Tears started to fall and I told her I couldn’t get mad at the only One Who could help me through this. I think the pain would be SO much worse if I was angry about it. Beautiful post sweet sister! ❤

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  7. Great reminder! God is working all things together for our good, but that doesn’t mean we won’t have hard times before eternity in heaven.


  8. This is such a great post! So many times we pray to ask God to REMOVE the pain from us. We think that if we pray hard enough or long enough that this will work. Then if the pain doesn’t go away, we think that God hasn’t heard us or answered our prayers. But God is with us through the pain just as much as if the pain was gone!


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