Pain is an effective teacher when it comes to listening. All the braggadocio kind of vanishes in the midst of the moment by moment struggle to get through. Know it all attitudes like mine evaporate and a longing for hearing wise counsel bursts up through the rock like soil of a proud heart.
My recent eye surgery and the terrible recovery period I have already begun remind me of the Apostle Paul’s blindness. Paul had proudly set off for Damascus with all of the answers and no questions at all. But his encounter on the road with Jesus left him in a state of helplessness. He learned he needed to listen and be willing to accept counsel from whoever God chose to send.
How good it is of our Lord to share with us in His fellowship of suffering. We draw nearer to His bleeding side and become ready to listen to anyone he sends with wise counsel.