The Pain Will Pass

"Night pierces my bones; my gnawing pains never rest." - Job 30:17

Pierre Auguste Renoir was born in 1841 in Limoges, France. In 1854 he began work as a painter in a porcelain factory in Paris, gaining experience with the light, fresh colors that were to distinguish his Impressionist work. In 1862 he entered the studio of Gleyre and there formed a lasting friendship with other budding artists including Monet. Renoir is perhaps the best loved of all the Impressionists, for his subjects---pretty children, flowers, beautiful scenes, above all lovely women---have instant appeal, and he communicated the joy he took in them. "Why shouldn't art be pretty?" He said, "There are enough unpleasant things in the world." In the 1890s Renoir began to suffer from rheumatism. In 1903, he moved to the warmth of the south of France to comfort his rheumatism. By 1912, the rheumatism eventually crippled him and he was confined to a wheelchair. But despite the stabbing pain, he continued to paint until the rest of his life. One day his old artist friend Henri Matise sadly watched while Renoir, grasping a brush with only his fingertips, continued to paint in great pain. Matise asked Renoir why he persisted in painting at the expense of such torture. Renoir replied, "The pain passes, but the beauty remains."

Pain is neither good nor permanent. One day all of our pain will pass and we will stand in the beauty of the Lord, a beauty that will remain forever. Are you suffering in pain? Today in prayer, draw near to the Lord and draw comfort from Him.

"Pain is not good in itself. What is good in any painful experience is, for the sufferer, his submission to the will of God, and, for the spectators, the compassion aroused and the acts of mercy to which it leads." - C.S. Lewis

God's Word: "And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." - Revelation 21:3-4

By Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2002, Devotional E-Mail DEVOTIONS IN JOB

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