Pain Is A Gift


Matthew 26:36 Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane… He said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death.”


Gethsemane was the place that Jesus was brought to right before He was crucified.

He was distraught over His circumstances. The burden of what He had to bear was unimaginable.



Gethsemane means olive oil press. Olives must be crushed to get the essential oil out.


The crushing is necessary. It is the same in our lives as well.


Pain is necessary.


But, who would choose it? Certainly not me.


But I can look back at my own life and say I wouldn’t trade it.


Five years ago my son was diagnosed with Autism. I was crushed beyond words. It was only two years ago I enrolled him in public kindergarten. After three months, his teacher spoke words to me that I will never forget. She said, “Mrs. Bollas I don’t know if Camden is learning anything. I have no idea whether he can learn at all.”

While I adored her and know she did the best she could, I removed him from the school. I began to homeschool him and depend on God and His word alone to work in this child.


As I listen to this precious voice of my son, I am overwhelmed with thankfulness.


I am so thankful for Autism.


It is the greatest gift I’ve ever received.


I would’ve never known the awesome power of God’s word if He didn’t have this “disability”. No therapy, medication or intervention can match it.


If today finds you in “Gethsemane” it is not by chance.


These circumstances you so desperately want to get out of will be the place you will see your Savior.


If you will allow Him, God will use it.


The crushing is essential.


No crushing; no oil.


While it may be the most excruciatingly painful thing you have ever gone through, it will be the most transforming thing spiritually that you have ever experienced.


Psalm 107:20 He sent his word, and healed them…


The Bible has been his “speech therapy” for the last 5 years. I think it’s working…







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