From Our Readers: Here's Why You Should Be Proud of Your Pain
People are good at pretending. Sometimes when we are in pain, we tend to pretend that everything is okay or we just simply ignore it. But ignoring that pain will only hurt you in the long run.
There's a point in my life that I faced so many challenges, struggles, family issues. And yes, I was in pain. I was hurt, broken. I felt so hopeless. I wanted to be numb. I tried to ignore the pain. I am desperate to feel better again. I even asked God, "Do you really love me? Are You still listening? Why am I facing these challenges, Lord? You know I can't handle everything. I am weak."
I cried so hard and pleaded for God to give me the answer. I waited for His reply. Then God said to me, "My child, see the cross? That's how much I love you. You don't have to handle everything, you just have to surrender it to Me. I know you are weak and have you forgotten? You have Me. 'My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness' (2 Corinthians 12:9). I know what you're feeling. I know that you're tired. My child, I am in control. I have the best plan. Will you surrender this to Me?"
How comforting is His word and His promises. My fears and doubts suddenly went away. And God reminded me that I don't have to fear the unknown, for He's already been there.
God allows pain and suffering in our lives for us to see His glory. Maybe there's a time that we ask ourselves, "Does God really care?" I tell you, God does care! He feels our pain and brokenness, but sometimes the way that He responds might not be exactly the words we want to hear.
As servants, when we put our lives in God's hands, we must be prepared to not understand everything that He does and the reason why He does things. The only answer when we're in this situation is to trust Him more. Know that He is able and there's nothing our God cannot do.
Ignoring this part of life will only make your life more difficult. Pain is part of life, it is part of everyone's life. Pain is something we cannot avoid no matter how hard we try. Remember, Jesus Himself experienced and is experiencing pain because when we are in pain, God is in pain also. When we're hurt, God is hurting. How selfless and unconditional is His love for us!
In your brokenness, praise Him. In your suffering, praise Him. In your trials, praise Him. In your pain, praise Him. No matter what the situation is, don't stop praising Him because He never stopped blessing us even if we think we aren't worthy of it. God will give us the eternal peace that we're asking in a world that only offers temporary.
Your story is His glory. So don't ignore the pain, make it as your proof that God heals. God is with you! He will help you get through it.