Being a Christian in today's world is very hard. But do not let that scare you, anything worthwhile is worth working for. Being a Christian can be hard but it can also be fun. That is my objective, through my own stories, stories of my friends and a lot of plagiarism (Just kidding, only a little plagiarism.), I am going to show that you can be a Christian and still have fun!

the most wasted of all days is one without
laughter - e e cummings

Friday, January 06, 2006

  It hurts weally, weally bad.

Last night my wife and I were woke up at three in the morning by my youngest son screaming. I thought maybe his hand was hurting him because the day before his brother slammed his hand in the van door. My wife must had heard him long before I did because I heard her talking to him.

Zach "Mommy my leg hurts weally weally bad."

Sheila "I know baby."

Zach (Much louder) "Mommy it hurts weally weally bad! Make it go away."

Sheila "It's OK, it will be better in a little bit."

Zach "I want to go to my doctor."

Sheila "I know baby, the medicine will help you."

Zach "Owewee, it hurts, it hurts. Make it go away."

By now I have went to go check out my little man. He is laying on the couch and Sheila is rubbing his leg and he is screaming at this point. I reach down and push his hair back and talk to him.

Me "Hey buddy, it is going to be OK."

Zach "Daddy make it go away."

Me "I wish I could Big Guy, it will be better in just a little while."

Sheila looks at me and says she can handle it for me to go back to bed. I go and get back into bed and listen to the whole thing again. I felt so sorry for my little man. Growing pains hurt like the devil. I was wishing there was something I could do for him but I knew all me and Sheila could do is be there for him and comfort him.

So there I am laying in bed somewhere in that state where you are just about asleep but not quite and your mind is racing about stuff. Let me ask you guys a question. Do any of you have a place in your mind where you meet with Jesus? You know, a happy place. Not a happy place like in the movie "Happy Gilmore", there where no little people on tri-cycles in my happy place. Sorry but that just cracks me up. Alright back to being serious. What was the question, oh yeah, do you have a place in your mind where you go to meet Jesus? Are you bowing before Him when you are talking to him? Are you sitting beside Him in Heaven? My place is in the woods by a running stream. Me and Jesus sitting on the ground, me talking and Him listening, like a couple of old friends.

Last night I had such a dream. I was saying a quick prayer for Zach, when I found myself in that familiar setting in the woods with my Lord.

Me "Lord, it hurts really really bad."

Jesus "I know it does."

Me "Lord, all these trials and problems I have been going through these past few years. My heart, my body they hurt. I can't take it much more."

Jesus "I know, it is only for a short time. It won't be long, before you know it you will be home with me. Until then, I promise I won't give you more than you can handle."

Me "LORD, I can't handle much more."

Jesus "Oh Joe, if you only knew. You can handle so much, just rely on Me."

Just then there is someone kneeling in front of me brushing the hair out of my eyes and wiping the tears and asks what's wrong.

Jesus "Dad, Joe is going through some problems right now. I can't take them from him but I can be here for him and comfort him."

God "Look here my son, I know We allow trials in your life but I promise you will be a better man for it. We promise we won't allow more than you can handle."

That is where I left it, me, God and Jesus sitting there, Them comforting me. I finally fell asleep. This morning I woke up and you know how you kind of remember you had a dream and you try to recall the whole thing? This dream, I remembered the whole thing. During my quite time I asked Jesus to give me the words to write on this post, then I started thinking about another situation where a person was going through some pain.

Jesus "Father, this really really hurts."

God "I know my Son but it will be over very soon and then You will be home with Me."

Jesus "Father, I can't handle much more of this."

God "Oh My Son, You can handle so much. Me and the angels are here for support."

Jesus "Is there any other way?"

God "No my Son, you have to go through this. It is the only way the human race can get to me. But I promise I will not give You more than You Can handle.

After looking at it like this, my problems don't seem as bad. Jesus died for all of us. He did it so we would not have to face a sinner's hell. Death is a whole lot worse than a little health problem or money problem that I can ever face.

Remember, don't tell God how big your storms are, tell your storms how big your God is.

God bless, Joe

It hurts weally, weally bad.


At 1:25 PM, Blogger Guppyman said...

"Remember, don't tell God how big your storms are, tell your storms how big your God is."


That is exactly what I needed today.


At 1:27 PM, Blogger eph2810 said...

Wow - Joe...awesome post...thank you!

At 12:06 PM, Blogger Bar Bar A said...

Joe, this was very powerful. Thanks for sharing. I needed this reminder, a word picture of sorts.

(I also hope Zach is feeling better)

At 1:16 PM, Blogger PresentStorm said...

God is good :) Thanks for letting him use you to touch people ...

At 11:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really really needed that and you brought it to me. Thanks.
When I needed faith in GOd the most I let him go out of my life. Once I brought him back in I could handle things better. I lived through those hard times, but with God beside me I could have had someone to help me.

I still don't have a visual place with God, but I sure have a place in my heart!

As for your little guy, my youngest alwasy got pains int eh legs too. He is 12 and 5'7" so you can imagine how many night I had to rub ben-gay on his poor hurting legs.

At 11:45 PM, Blogger Danielle said...

Whew. Joe. Man, that's good. Thanks for such awesome applications. I pray that we will continue to be more like Him every day. Thank you for what you do and for the encouragement you are. My God is bigger than anything that could come my way. Thanks for reminding me.


At 7:22 AM, Blogger Joe said...

Thank you for a very comforting post.

At 3:34 PM, Blogger Dawn said...

WOW Joe, I'm so glad I found your site when I did. It's so amazing how God works. I needed your words today. Thank You so much for sharing your thoughts the way you do.

At 9:05 PM, Blogger ~Kat said...

Thanks, Joe - :)

At 7:01 AM, Blogger Beckie said...

Joe, this touched me so deeply, I cried. Thank you so much for sharing.


At 2:50 PM, Blogger Gina Burgess said...

Joe, you really need one of those disclaimers at the beginning of this post ... [warning get your hankie first!]

I loved it and I am linking to this post on my blog. It pierced my heart... in a very good way.

At 4:37 PM, Blogger Nancy said...

Very nice Joe, thank you for the reminder.

I hope Zach's growing pains are better.

At 7:14 PM, Blogger Bill and Glory said...

I guess I needed this post, too!

Wow, that was such a beautiful connection you made between your son and yourself.


At 9:55 PM, Blogger My Kid's Mom said...

Here from Gina's blog. THis was beautiful. THank you!

At 9:31 AM, Blogger NJMom72 said...

I'm so glad that I added your link to my blog. I really needed to hear (read) the affirmations in this entry today. God bless! :-)

~ Susan

At 10:23 AM, Blogger Pilot Mom said...

I popped in from Gina's place. What a great reminder for us all. Thanks for making it so visual! :)

At 9:58 AM, Blogger hanni said...

Thank you Joe!
It really does hurt that bad and I often lose sight of the big picture. Thanks for putting it in perspective.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Radical One said...

just surfed in from eph2810.

that is such a wonderful picture of how He truly does care for us. it's amazing how our children/parenting can give us a little insight into how our Heavenly Father loves us.

also, count yourself blessed to have a wife that says, "she can handle it for me to go back to bed". sometimes i feel so guilty because when one of our children has one of those moments (in the middle of the night), i feel so much better if he stays up with us. when in reality, there's no reason for both of us to miss our rest. anyway, be thankful for her.

blessings to you and your family!

At 1:35 PM, Blogger bjk said...

Thanks.....that was a great post.......Thanks for making me want that....

At 12:01 AM, Blogger Ma said...

This was a wonderful story. I came by way of blog explosion. Thank you for sharing.

I just lost my husband recently, so I really appreciate this story. My husband had a severe case of emphysema and was suffering for a long time. One day I asked God to please take away all his pain and suffering, and if that meant him going home to the Lord, then I would accept that. And a few days later, he went home to the Father.

I would like to add you to my blogroll so I can visit more often. Your site sort of gives me peace.

Tutu Bent

At 10:33 AM, Blogger Hikingalong said...

As I was sitting in my dentist's chair yesterday while she drilled on my "un-numbed" tooth (the novacaine didn't work) I couldn't help but smile as I thought about your post because I wanted to so badly to tell the dentist that I was hurting weally,weally bad! God bless you!

At 6:33 PM, Blogger Derek said...


That's all I can say.

At 8:49 PM, Blogger Paula said...

Wow, wow, double wow. I so needed to read this post. Thanks for sharing. I believe God is revealing to me what it means to share in the fellowship of His suffering.

God Bless,

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At 3:25 PM, Blogger Jot said...

Joe... Thank God you remembered your dream. I needed this today!

Peace, love and Jesus...



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