We are at that time of the year when the old debates concerning flu shots surface. One of the more contested topics is if getting a flu shot will immediately make you sick. I have heard the “facts” from both sides from highly educated and respected medical professionals. Well I sit here today, the day after getting a flu shot, and am not only sick but I cannot lift my right arm above my head—so from my personal experience I conclude “yes, getting the flu shot can make you sick”!
I have experienced this in the past and although I would much rather feel well today, I know that the preventative value of the flu shot will pay big dividends for the next year. By suffering for about 24-hours I have taken a step to stay healthier in the coming months—that is a good tradeoff!
Sometimes in life we must endure some loneliness, humiliation, sadness, and even pain that will lead to an abundance of joy and blessings. Paul reminds us in Romans 5:3-4, “We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
Most of us would probably say that is one of those “easier said than done” statements. That is true when we look through our problems and trials through our human lens—what happens when we look at them through God’s lens:
- Loneliness: When asked about how he survived the solitary confinement and brutal treatment as a POW, John McCain responded “Faith in God, faith in my fellow prisoners and faith in my country”.
- Humiliation: Noah was most certainly humiliated by his neighbors while building a big boat in the middle of the desert for some 120 years—Noah and his family survived.
- Sadness: Mother Teresa once said, “Our joy will be complete if we remain in His love, for His love is personal, intimate, real, living, delicate, faithful love.”
- Pain: Jesus went through unimaginable pain at the cross—He did it to offer eternal life to all who believe.
God’s family not only rejoices in the future but in our current trials and sufferings knowing the promise of an abundance of joy and blessings. If we look at our situations in our premise, we will have a bad time, if we look at our situations through God’s premise we will rejoice in endurance, character, and hope!