Pain is inevitable on earth. It touches all of us in so many different ways. We hate what pain does to us, but have we thought about what pain can do for us?
Best-selling author Lysa TerKeurst wrote an excellent post titled Pressing Through The Pain in which she prompts us to look beyond how pain hurts us and toward what it can prompt us to do. She begins,
I’ve been in that place where the pain of heartbreak hits with such sudden and sharp force that it feels like it cuts through skin and bone. It’s the kind of pain that leaves us wondering if we’ll ever be able to function like a normal person again. But God has been tenderly reminding me that pain itself is not the enemy. Pain is the indicator that brokenness exists.
The fact that we live in a fallen world that is broken due to the effects of sin means there will be pain. In America, there are industries built around relieving pain, both physical and emotional. But if our sole purpose is to get rid of pain are we missing something?
Pain is the sensation that indicates a transformation is needed. There is a weakness where new strength needs to enter in. And we must choose to pursue long-term strength rather than temporary relief.
Jump over to Lysa’s blog to read the full article here.
Her latest book, Uninvited: Living Loved When You Feel Less Than, Left Out, and Lonely, is a top-seller on Amazon.