“Can we follow the Savior far, who have no wound or scar?” ~Amy Carmichael
C. S. Lewis wrote a book called The Problem of Pain. Pain is a great problem but it also is a great time of learning. This problem isn’t referring to what is wrong with pain but the depth of pain. A good life or the abundant life does not mean a pain free life.
There are many books today that promise to cure your pain with a checklist or by simplifying your life. These books seem to want to do everything except acknowledge the pain that the reader is going through. These books also seem to divert your attention away from the source only to have this pain come back ten times stronger later on.
Pain is a sensitive subject whether we are talking about physical or emotional pain. For some of us this pain may have been a result of an accident or maybe you are dealing with emotional pain. Those are deep wounds that need to be dealt with.
I am sure we can all agree that we want this pain banned from our lives forever. So often we are in such a rush to get cured that we forget about the healing that takes place in the midst of the pain.
Pain is not an easy subject to talk about in today’s world. However, pain can be a very beneficial thing. It teaches us:
1) That we need help-we can’t do life alone.
2.) That we need a real cure and not a band aid fix!
3) God will use this pain for good.
“This happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.”
“We also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.”