Have you registered for Desiring God’s November 8 conference The Works of God: God’s Good Design in Disability yet? You should!
For example, Mark Talbot will be speaking on Longing for Wholeness: Chronic Suffering and Christian Hope.
He has some credibility on the subject; he’s been living with chronic pain since he was a teenager. One would expect that he would primarily long for freedom from that pain.
Yet, after decades of pain, he can write about freedom like this:
I know that he who has chosen to appoint me to eternal life (see 1 Thess. 1:4-5 with Acts 13:48) will complete the work he has begun in me (see Phil. 1:6) when, one day, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet” (1 Cor. 15:52), he transforms me into the likeness of his sinless Son and thus ushers me into “the freedom of the glory of the children of God” (Rom. 8:21).
True freedom is the freedom that God in Christ, in their own unchangeable mercy and faithfulness, work within us. By the gift of that freedom we are indeed set free.
Mark Talbot, from his chapter, True Freedom: The Liberty that Scripture Portrays as Worth Having in Beyond the Bounds edited by John Piper, Justin Taylor and Paul Kjoss Helseth, p. 109.
God sets us free, even in the midst of extraordinary trials! God is doing the work! We will be transformed!
Dr. Talbot is definitely qualified to speak on his subject of pain and hope for the conference. You won’t want to miss it. I hope you can come.