$1.00, $5.00, $10.00 or $20.00 are the monetary denominations that come to mind when we mull over the word offering. This verb, which means to give, has been frequently associated with money. It’s even second nature when someone says, "offering" we reach for our purses and wallets. Ever consider giving God a pain offering? Not our pain in giving a financial sacrificial offering but the agony that is wedded with life. The issues linked to our daily living can be so unfair that it causes us to ache. Though a physical wound may not be present, the pain is as excruciating as a severe bodily injury.
When we are hurting, a feeling of brokenness often surfaces. At this state we commonly feel we have nothing we can give or offer to anyone not even God. Life has truly taken it all! Yet why not give God our hurt. Believe it or not, God wants our offerings of pain. He knows life can be taxing but it’s when we try to hoard our hurts to ourselves that He can’t help. His petition to us is, "Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." Matthew 11:28 (NKJV) Bring on the hurt He is telling us! It’s when we lay our trials at His feet that He will exchange it for rest, peace. God’s peace provides a serene calmness that surpasses our understanding. (Philippians 4:7) When we are emotionally, spiritually and financially broke, we must write a painful check to God. He will deposit a considerable amount of peace into our life account.