Pain comes in many forms. Physically, emotionally, or mentally we can all be knocked down quickly. Maybe you’re processing the sudden loss of someone you never imagined living without. Maybe you’ve experienced some tragedy that has changed every bit of life as you once knew it. It really doesn’t matter where the pain stems from it always speaks loudly. It’s very important we don’t miss what the pain is saying to us.
- PAIN REVEALS OUR HUMANITY. None of us are immune to hardship. None of us can escape physical or emotional pain. You could be healthy all your life and find out tomorrow you have cancer. You could have thought you could handle anything, but then find yourself in a battle way over your head. Pain reminds us we aren’t in control and we all have human limitations.
- PAIN REMINDS US WE NEED GOD’S HELP. As you fight to even get out of bed you suddenly realize you were never strong enough. Every day of your life is a God made day as He alone breathes life into us. It often takes uncontrollable pain and circumstance to help us realize our desperate need for a Savior named Jesus.
- PAIN MAKES US GRATEFUL. Not sure there is a truer statement than “You don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.” Pain teaches us that nothing should be assumed or taken for granted. You really don’t know what tomorrow will bring and every good gift comes from God. Every day we should thank God for our health, relationships, and circumstances. Because any of those things could be gone tomorrow.
- PAIN CHANGES OUR PERSPECTIVE. Not until we’re on our knees can we begin to see life through different eyes. Before that moment, we’re too busy feeling large and in charge. Suddenly we find ourselves flat on our back and realizing that life is a precious gift. God often uses our most painful experiences to develop within us a different attitude and perspective.
- PAIN FORCES US TO “WAIT ON GOD.” There are many pains that can’t be healed by a bottle or pill. There are many pains that just don’t go away overnight. You have to call on God, trust God, and wait on God for the healing. Healing is often a process, but rarely an event. Pain forces us to be patient and dependent on God. Let’s admit it. None of us enjoy pain or discomfort. Yet, there is no denying that God speaks loudly through every second of it. During my present pain a lady in my church sent me the following quote. It certainly spoke to my heart.
“Every person experiences pain, but only the child of God experiences purposeful pain.” – Skip Heitzig
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” – Romans 8:28 (NLT)