Monday, November 1, 2010

Fighting the Pain

I have a theory that there are three types of pain in our life: sudden, chronic and residual. Some of us have a high pain threshold while others are side lined at the smallest twinge. Regardless of our tolerance to the pain, what are we doing about it?

Sudden pain
This is the kind of pain that you don't see coming. It hits you out of the blue in the middle of your daily activities. But the impact of it can drop you to your knees. I get this a lot in the form of shooting back pain, stubbing my toe, and dropping my laptop on the top of my foot (that was NOT pleasant). But it can also come in the form of betrayal, insult or physical harm.

Chronic pain
This is the dull, nagging pain that we manage to live with. We alter our lifestyles to accommodate the pain and avoid some activities all together. My right knee gives chronic pain that I've had to adjust to. I have to avoid stairs as much as possible if I want to be able to actually bend my leg at the end of the day. I have also had to give up kneeling on that knee altogether, but God understands and accepts a variation in worship. I've spent time with those who are coping with the chronic pain of addiction in themselves or loved ones.

Residual pain
Residual pain and chronic pain seem to play in the same sandbox in my mind. They are both pain that you live with and, in many cases, adjust your life to accommodate. But residual pain is the pain that radiates from a hurt deep within your spirit. For some it could be abuse as a child or being victim of assault. For years I had the residual pain of making a poor choice with horrific consequences and my behaviors were altered because of it. For others it may words of rejection that replay over and over in their minds. Feeling unworthy of affection or 'less than' those around you.

Whether it's sudden, chronic or residual, we all suffer with pain. How we react to it, however, will make all the difference in our life. When we take our pain to God and lay it at His feet, He makes the choice to take away our pain or use the pain to strengthen us. Either way, God makes us better.

I don't know what kinds of pain you're going through in your life, perhaps several kinds. I pray that you will take that pain, no matter how big or small, and lay it at God's feet. He longs to love you through this and bring you healing according to His purpose. He is the Great Physician and loving Daddy that wants only the best for you.

Be blessed,

Jennifer

“But as for me, afflicted and in pain— may your salvation, God, protect me.” Psalm 69:29

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