“Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” C.S. Lewis
So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
We are ever growing older and our bodies will betray us. What we once took for granted, becomes a struggle. The energetic turn into the hunched over. Even before age catches up to us our bodies will feel the pain of our lives from exercise to injuries to disease to sickness. It is so easy to lose heart and think God has abandoned us when we feel pain.
We may not want to express it, but we should be thankful for pain.
I am inspired by so many who while suffering the betrayal of their bodies continue to focus on God.
A brother said he could never imagine going through how his body betrays him without Jesus walking alongside of him.
A sister dealing with COVID-19 long haul uses the moments at the doctors to help comfort and share the gospel to fellow patients.
Another brother dealing with ALS for over 10 years is always encouraging and uplifting even while in pain.
What do you do with your pain?
Complain? Yes, as this is how the doctors can find cures and surgeries to fix what ails us and too many folks ignore the pain until it is too late. Share the gospel? Yes, as this is the prime time to remember how much we need God and show others their need for Jesus. Pray? Yes, as we need God's help during the good and bad times. Recall that the apostle Paul prayed for a thorn in his flesh to be removed three times and God did not answer his request. Paul went on to say,
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
Ignore it? NO. Go to a specialist in the area of your pain, mental, spiritual, physical.
Let us always remember our need for God and how we can use our pain to help others.