This Too Shall Pass by Anne Baxter Campbell
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:17-18)
Until recently, I thought the title of this blog (This Too Shall Pass) was a quote from the Bible. I searched by way of a couple of programs I have through multiple translations and versions of the Bible. Giving up, I googled it. Turns out it’s not from the scriptures, it’s probably from some other ancient philosopher. However, quote from the Bible or not, it’s still a deep truth. Pain that has a grip on you will eventually pass, whether it is physical or mental or both.
The first deep mental pain I experienced happened when I was twenty-four. My grandmother died. I couldn’t stop crying, and it made no sense that the people we passed between the church and the graveyard weren’t affected. People still mowed their lawns, pulled weeds, and hammered nails into boards. Children played tag, rode bikes, or stared at the funeral procession. Inside the limousine, my family and I traveled in somber silence. How could the world go on as normal when my world had fallen to pieces?
Later at the gathering in my parents’ home, a few smiles crept out between the tears. Within a few days we all went back to our jobs and normal lives. The pain subsided, and now I remember Grandma with occasion sadness; but mostly I remember the warm and wonderful times we spent together. I think about the summers as a youngster when I stayed for a month or two on Grandma and Grandpa’s farm. Smiles wrap around the memories of when she took care of my little girl while I worked. Laughter bubbles up at some remembered funny stories.
During and after my third full-term pregnancy, I went through a time of dejection. I hid it from my family, I think, until the symptoms became more physical than mental. I gained a deep sympathy with those suffering from post-partum depression. Reluctantly, I took antidepressants—hated them—but eventually, the depression passed and the joy returned.
A few years ago I had a knee replaced. Wow, the pain was unbelievable. On a scale of one to ten, definitely a ten plus. Not even birthing a baby or a toothache had hurt that bad. Despite the doctor saying I would walk that evening after the operation could make that simple-sounding event come to pass. I was not the best patient, and recovery was slow and HURT. But after a few weeks, I could walk with ease again. Now there’s no pain at all. Amazing.
Some physical pain will not end until we go on to join the Lord—and I understand that is a different situation—but it will pass too, and what a glorious passing that will be!
Long story shortened considerably—don’t give up hope. Hang in there. When you reach the end of your rope, grab God’s hand. In fact, grab it way before then. When you get through this painful time, when this too passes, you will emerge stronger than you were before. That’s the way the Man designed us.
About the Author:
Anne Baxter Campbell is an author with a yearning to walk people one step closer to God. She says she remembers reading books or watching movies like The Silver Challis, Beloved Physician, The Robe, The Greatest Story Ever Told, and The Ten Commandments, even before becoming a Christian. Something about the books and movies drew her to God. If it hadn’t been for those books, she might never have said “Yes” when offered that eternal grace, and she wouldn’t have written The Truth Trilogy, a series she hopes will draw you a little closer to the Lord who so overwhelmingly loves you. You can catch up with Anne at her website and her blog, on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+
About The Truth Doesn’t Die
Joanna is the widow of Loukas, her beloved who died fighting pirates on the Great Sea. Decimus is the Roman senator who rescued her and her adopted daughter from slave runners, and he’s also the man who has fallen in love with the graceful and resilient woman.
Joanne craves solitude in which to mourn. Senator Decimus Varitor returns to Rome with reluctance, bound to the senate for too many more years. However, he can only tolerate being away from her for a time. Decimus returns and searches for her in the wilds of Israel where she hides from the world.
She leaves the camp, not knowing she and her friend Rebecca will never live there again. A search for ten-year-old twins in a driving rainstorm through the wilderness, Rebecca’s illness, and then her adopted daughter’s injury at the paws of a bear force them to Jerusalem.
When Decimus finds her, she is following another man, Jesus. His heart broken, Decimus must return to Rome alone.
About The Roman’s Quest (Book One in The Truth Trilogy)
Centurion Julius has eyes for a young Jewish woman, but a Roman is not what her father intends for her. Miriam is a pious Jewish girl, determined to do the right thing by her God and her parents, and she bows to her father’s wishes to betroth her to a Jewish fisherman, James ben Zebedee. Her heart yearns for the Roman, but their love is impossible. Miriam’s mother lies close to death, and her last wish is to see her daughter wed. The marriage has to take place before it’s too late.
About Marcus Varitor, Centurion (Book Two in The Truth Trilogy)
Marcus, son of a Roman senator, is a decanus in the Roman cohort in Jerusalem. The tribune hints at a promotion to centurion if Marcus can bring in a troublesome brigand. He discovers there are really only two things he wants—to be a centurion and to win the love of an Egyptian girl. But when Meskhanet is sent to Rome on a slave ship and Marcus is captured by the very criminal he’s supposed to apprehend, those hopes may both evaporate faster than a small puddle under the hot desert sun.