Pain Is Not A Friend

Have you ever wondered about pain? Does it have a purpose? Some people say pain is a teacher. I say it’s a nuisance. Some say it is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong. I would rather get a text message. I’ve had an encounter with pain recently and I’m kicking it out of my life. I’ve never been one to mask pain with medication. Sometimes it’s necessary, but I would rather find the root of it, and get it fixed.
I know it can be a teacher. When you touch a hot stove, you get burned, so don’t touch the hot stove. Pain teaches you what to avoid, but that’s all the credit it’s going to get from me.
PainPain is not a friend. Sometimes it tries to move in and take over your life. It can be a constant harassment, an irritating companion, worse than a houseguest who has stayed too long, or a toothache that won’t go away on a day when the dentist is closed.  Pain is a heavy load to carry. It affects those around you, rearranges your life to fit its schedule, and steals your well-being.
So how do you fight it? I think the key is to fight it. Some people accept it as part of life, but I can’t do that. I fight it with prayer. I throw scriptures at it. I tell it to go away. I don’t think God is trying to teach me some lesson through pain. Sometimes it’s the result of our own actions; sometimes it just finds us. The absence of pain can be a gift not recognized by those who possess it. It can be taken for granted that a pain free life will continue. I certainly hope and pray it does.
Meanwhile I’m waging a war against pain and it’s companions. You see, I am one of those people who believes in miracles. I’ve seen a few. I’ve experienced a few. I don’t think believing in a miracle is giving false hope. How can hope be false when it gives birth to faith and faith can move mountains?  I will keep praying; I will keep believing, knowing the Lord wants me to have abundant life (John 10:10). The pain I’m experiencing is curable and in fact, I’m getting better every day. So here’s my decree for you. “…Oh that You would bless me indeed and enlarge my border, and that Your hand might be with me, and that You would keep me from harm that it may not pain me!” And God granted him what he requested.” 1 Chronicles‬ ‭4:10‬ ‭NASB‬‬
          Regina Shank

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