Last night I thought about a post I wrote four or five years ago. I spent a few minutes trying to find it but was unsuccessful. I did a blog post search with key words that most likely would have been in this post and still could not find it. I’ve written over 1300 posts in this space and this is the first time I’ve not been able to locate one again.
The post was about chronic pain. A few years ago, I had symptoms crop up that the doctors never really figured out the reason. It caused quite a bit of discomfort, a few sleepless nights, and plenty of tearful prayers. The whole experience only lasted about two weeks, but it gave me a very very small taste of what people with chronic pain must go through. My heart goes out to anyone who battles pain where relief or a cure doesn’t seem to be anywhere in sight.
Since Sunday, I’ve been experiencing chronic discomfort. I can’t even put it in the “chronic pain” category. Uncomfortable? Most definitely. Distracting? Yes. Inconvenient? Yes. But here’s what’s been coming to mind again.
A) I know there are folks dealing with a heck of lot worse situations than this.
B) I think back and compare it to past pains in my life and know this “could be worse.”
C) I thought about my mom’s battle with breast cancer when the disease metastasized into her bones. Watching her go through that battle and her choice to lean on the Lord for her strength and her joy has forever made an impression on me.
Any time I find myself in seasons like this, my knee jerk reaction (after I cry, get frustrated and lose my temper) is to remind myself of the truth about pain.
God is the redeemer of pain. I know this. In my 43 years on this earth, I’ve seen it happen over and over in my life and in the lives of others. I choose to stay focused on that truth today.
God comforts us in our pain. I found myself reading some words from the Apostle Paul this morning. His words always encourage me when I going through a challenge.
“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For as the sufferings of Christ overflow to us, so through Christ our comfort also overflows.” 2 Corinthians 1: 3-5
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12: 9
Lord, I pray for anyone reading these words who is struggling with a chronic pain or trial. I pray you will overwhelm them with Your Presence today. I pray that Your joy will be their strength. I pray you give them peace and comfort that surpasses all understanding. And, yes, Lord, I pray You redeem even this (whatever the this is in their situation). Bring good out of bad. Bring life out of death. Bring healing out of brokenness. We love you, Lord, Jesus.