We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
–C.S.Lewis, the Problem with Pain
Pain has become an almost constant companion to be over the past several years. Not the occasional accidentally whacked myself on the bedside in the middle of the night, or tripped over a Barbie head on the living room floor (yes, I confess, done those!)
but the consistent cry of my joints in pain.
I am currently having some sort of arthritis like flare hitting my hands and feet right now, in particular three fingers on my left hand.
As someone who uses her hands for a living, and who loves to crochet, this has not only impacted my physical daily life & livelihood…it has tried to invade mentally, emotionally & spiritually.
Not being able to easily do things I used to take for granted, like opening ziploc bags. Leaves me mentally frustrated.
Too many of those kind of incidents, or not taking enough time to rest between tasks leaves me feeling useless and low.
Not understanding why this is happening, or why it randomly flares out of control when it does leaves my faith shaken in a storm of emotions.
That’s how I look at my pain from my point of view.
God however doesn’t look at things quite the same way, does He?
I went downstairs this afternoon to hang some laundry, and prayed as I do so. Bearing my heart to God, I bluntly told Him that I didn’t know why this was happening, but I believe He wants the best for me, and in order for me to make it through, I need to know He is with ne in my pain, right where I am at. I need Him to tangibly show me.
A sense of peace washed over me, and I knew in my spirit, He heard me, He is with me, and He is for me.
I don’t know any more than you do what tomorrow will bring.
I do know that my God is present, in my here and now. I am not alone in my pain. I have asked Him to heal me, and when I worship the pain tends to lessen, so I am pressing in believing for a miracle.
But the greater miracle to me?
Having God with me each moment. Every single now that I have.
For He says,
I am more than enough for what you are going through:
I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.
He is worth my trust & praise:
The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.
Despite my pain, I will continue to give Him praise.
He has always been on my side through thick or him, and always will be. He reminds me that my pain is important because it bothers me, and what bothers me, bothers Him. Because He loves me so much, He even knows each hair on my head, and collects each tear I cry!
Pain may be wanting to be heard above all, but first and foremost God hears my heart.
I need to remember to keep it in its place as a temporary part of me and limit how it tries to affect my whole person.
I want my voice to be known heard shouting His praise, not giving undue voice to my pain.
God takes me beyond beyond, to quote Priscilla Shirer. He blesses us beyond what we can hope or imagine, for He is so big & beyond what we can even comprehend, He is beyond beyond!
May He take you beyond beyond in whatever you are facing today too. All things are possible in Him!