Using The Pain

Pain is a constant companion I despise. It is with me always and seldom goes away. Medication helps me deal with this unwanted companion but like boomerang it keeps coming back.

Pain keeps coming back!

It keeps coming back!

So how do I…we use the pain in our lives? Whether our pain is physical, emotional, or spiritual we can choose to use it. I cannot deal with pain on my own because it is too powerful and overwhelming. However, I know the One Who created me and has never failed. Seeking His wisdom on “using” the pain of our lives rather than becoming a victim of it is how I begin to battle pain. Pain can put us in a desperate place of isolation. I often feel like my body is a prison of pain but that is when my heart is unfocused.

The key that releases me from the grip of pain is focusing on His WORD.  The pain is still there but I will not allow it to have power over me. It has caused me to seek out and find solid Hope, a prevailing hope and purpose in life. I found the ONE Who sustains me through it and by His grace be productive in life and help others.

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

63 O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;
My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,
In a dry and weary land where there is no water.
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,
To see Your power and Your glory.
Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,
My lips will praise You.
So I will bless You as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands in Your name.
My soul is satisfied as with marrow and fatness,
And my mouth offers praises with joyful lips.

When I remember You on my bed,
I meditate on You in the night watches,
For You have been my help,
And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to You;
Your right hand upholds me.

But those who seek my life to destroy it,
Will go into the depths of the earth.
10 They will be delivered over to the power of the sword;
They will be a prey for foxes.
11 But the king will rejoice in God;
Everyone who swears by Him will glory,
For the mouths of those who speak lies will be stopped.

Whatever your pain is you can choose to use it. Instead of trying to figure out why or trying run from it, I choose to face it with joy even if mixed with my tears -in the midst of pain.. I choose to worship the One Who Knows and loves me and will never leave me. The Bible never says life on this earth will be easy. But God does promise never to leave us and His Word is Truth. We can go through pain and challenges and even praise Him in the midst of it because He is with us! We don’t have to know why -we need to know WHO will bring us through these times. We need to trust our Creator Who knows the beginning from the end.

If pain is a part of your life, choose to use it -read the Word and really get to know the ONE Who works all things out for His Glory. Do what you can to resolve pain but at the same time know He is well able to bring you through the Storms of this life. One day my friend, He will wipe away all tears and there will be no more pain.

REV3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

Until then, knowing the LORD and His Word is my Prevailing Hope.

-McKee

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