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by Emmanuella Ellis  
1/27/2016 / Christian Living

What if life's challenges, difficulties and trials is like a woman's life with periodic menstrual flow. Especially when it comes to the Christian walk. It's quite weird to think in that direction but what if there is a relation.
A menstrual flow occurs periodically, usually once a month and lasts for 5 to 7 days averagely. It is uncomfortable and painful for most women. The experience of menstrual cramps is different for different women, the pain can be less painful for others.
It causes you to feel sick, loose appetite, weak and gets you tossing and turning continually in bed, and that accompanied with moaning and tears. Most times the only way to get the pain to stop is to take a pill or get an injection.
Most women are familiar this.
It is surprising to find that even though the periodic flow is accompanied by so much pain, we get extremely worried when we miss it for some time or when there seem to be some irregularities with the flow. You would think that when it is not as consistent as it is supposed to, we would jump for joy because we wouldn't have to go through the pain.
Why then do we desperately want to have the flow and endure the pain? It's because we know how important it is.
How important? Well to have children, this process has to take place and without any complications as much as possible. Our desire for children as women is so great that we are willing to go through and endure the periodic painful and uncomfortable flow at all cost.
We are actually very ok with it because we know it is a natural process. It is a part of who we are and without it we know with certainty that there is something very wrong.
Let's try viewing our life with its challenges and trials as being part of life. As a periodic circumstance that we would have to face in our lives. One good thing about this periodic flow that we can relate to lives challenges is that it has an end.
Every trial and challenge is only for a period. Therefore when I am facing a challenge/problem, I can say that I am just going through a PERIOD.
As Christians we sometimes don't understand why God makes us go through certain situations. Fair enough, but we could say the same about why God would cause us to go through this periodic flow every single month for the most part of our years with blood flowing out of us and with its accompanying pain.
HE is God, HE could have given us an "easier" way out we could say. But we have come to accept because we have our focus on the outcome of this periodic occurrence. We are going to have a baby someday!!! That's our focus, an amazing reward at the end.
So as Christians, instead of questioning God we can also focus on what good things going through this periodic challenges can bring to us. Good things? Yes!! The word of God tells us that the trials we go through develops endurance, which develops strength of character, which strengthens our hope, one which will not disappoint (Romans 5:3).
Let's focus on the outcome where our faith would have increased, when we get to see the amazing hand of God in our situation, we get to experience the love and power of God in another way and get to know God better. We get to see God from another dimension and more importantly others around us get to see the name of our Lord being honored in our situation.
Everything that we go through is truly God working out HIS amazing plan in our lives and therefore for our own good. That is an end to look forward to, where God is glorified through our problems, challenges and trials. Like looking forward to a baby, let's look forward to seeing God's amazing handiwork when going through a "periodic" trial.
We often say that the problem is too much for us to bear though we know the Lord is not going to allow us go through a situation that is beyond us. How easily we forget that we serve a living and loving God. One who cares for us more than anyone can and would including ourselves. The pain a woman goes through during the menstrual periodic flow, I believe is not beyond what every woman can face. The severity, frequency and persistence of the pain varies among women.
This is probably to teach us that God doesn't allow us to go through something that is beyond us. And this is not only with respect to the pain but also with respect to every situation we face. Some women have more pain than others and even with each woman some days and months are more painful than others. Relating it to the problems and trials we go through we learn that God is good and faithful. No one has died from menstrual cramps I believe because the pain we face is just what we can take, just like the situations we face. Therefore we should know that whatever we are going through is not beyond us though it feels exactly that way. God is faithful and HE will come through for us. Remember its only for a PERIOD.
Just like the periodic menstrual flows, the trials and problems we face are difficult, painful, they keep us awake at night, tossing and turning, crying, moaning, staying away from food and people, we get weak and tired of everything. Our only desire is to see an end to the problems we face. Only of there something to get us through it like a pill.
There is!!! The pill is a combination of prayer, constant reading and meditating on the word of the God and faith. Fellowshipping with other members of Christ is also a way to go. By reading the word, we get to know how Jesus would want us to handle the situation we are currently facing, to trust HIM and not consume our thoughts with worry, fear and anxiety (Matthew 6: 25-34; 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18; 1 Corinthians 1:9; 2 Corinthians 5:7; Psalm 56:11; Psalm 4).
The word of God tells us of the tremendous power and benefits that comes with prayer made in faith and the amazing comfort and peace we receive from communicating with our Father. Bowing down and crying out to the Only One who is able to help and strength us (Matthew 7:7-11; Proverbs 15:29; Matthew 21:21-22; Philippians 4:6; Luke 18: 1-8: I Thessalonians 5:17; James 5:16).
We have to go through our problems with faith in God who IS and who is a rewarder of those who diligently seek HIM. A God who is true to HIS word, One who is able to bring to life what is dead, the Creator of all things and therefore One who is able to do all things if we believe. (Isaiah 40:28-29; Mark 9:23; Hebrews 11:6,19; Psalm 24:1-2).
We are not different from the men of God He strengthened and helped when they went through trials. If HE gave His Son for us, what won't HE give or do for us? What do we do after taking the "pill"? We wait just as a woman going through pains will wait looking to the end, the pills gives a sense of hope.
We wait upon the Lord, with our focus no longer on the circumstance but on God. We place our hope in the Almighty God. Our goal being to live to please Him in the midst of our circumstances so that His name will be glorified and honored through it all. We wait on a God who is able (Isaiah 40:31) and to an amazing reward at the end. Remember whatever we are going through is only for a PERIOD. It will come to an end and with God, a glorious end.
I have my PERIODS, I know you have your PERIODS too. Weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning (Psalm 30:5). This is our portion.
God loves you.

Emmanuella Ellis currently resides in Montreal, Canada. Emmanuella has a passion for writing and encouraging others on their walk with Christ.
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