Monday, August 17, 2009

Point of pain

Over the last few weeks, I’ve been wrestling with a familiar foe…chronic back pain. Every now and again this nasty opponent raises its’ ugly head and attacks in the same place each time. While the pain always originates from the same central point, it often resonates to several areas of my back or even into my legs at times. The attack usually comes when I least expect it, when my guard is down and I’m not thinking about how my actions will affect me. Sometimes, the pain will come when I’m feeling pretty good and think I’m stronger than I really am. One day I’ll be digging in and getting things done and the next day I’m laid out, literally!

This physical condition applies to our spiritual lives as well. Through our lives, there will be several hurts that become a weak spots in our spirit. Those pain points, if left untreated, begin to resonate to other areas of our lives. The pain of unforgiveness can quickly become an inability to trust. Pride can resonate into the pain of becoming inflexible and sometimes our pain can end up hurting others.

I’ve tried everything in the past – chiropractic care, conditioning and isolation exercises to help keep the pain away. Hot pads, back rubs and rolling ball massager thingies are then the second line of defense when the attack does arrive. But this time, I decided I would try a new defense… I’d medicate it!! I received medication from a different doctor to use for a week hoping that it would relax the pain and make it go away. And it worked…kind of! For the first few days I felt great! I felt like a younger, more agile version of myself and was completely pain free. This was great! I should have tried this years ago!! But as I began to wean myself off of the medication, the pain began to reveal itself again. You see, the pain hadn’t gone anywhere; it was simply covered so I couldn’t see it!

I’m sure that I’m not the only one of us who has ever tried to take the easy way out and not deal with what is causing the pain. Whether your pain is physical or spiritual, there is always a root cause. Ignoring the point of pain, or worse, masking it so you can pretend it’s not a problem will not solve the issue. Not only does it continue to hurt us and others, it becomes an easy target from the enemy’s attack. While there may be several options available to deal with physical pain, God’s love is the only thing that can heal spiritual pain. God offers healing ointment through His forgiveness, redemption and direction through His word. God is our Great Physician…and no appointment is necessary!

Be blessed,

"By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus' name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see." Acts 3:16


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