We had our Ryan checked by a doctor yesterday. Intermittently, he has been having severe pain. He’s still under observation period to see what’s the problem. Hopefully it’s not appendicitis but really just hyperacidity or even hyperactivity (because he really is super active… just can’t sit still :)).

Pain has a way of alerting us to something we need to address – a problem, an issue, an obstacle.

Ryan took antacid. We’re not sure if that’s the solution yet but at least we are aware of the problem.

For many of us, we want pain to go away… or better yet, to never experience any at all.

But God designed pain for a few reasons…

  • To tell us something is wrong.  When there’s pain, we then make the necessary adjustments to address the situation.
  • To teach us a lesson. Touching a hot stove once will teach us not to do it again. Pain does have a way to show us which ones to avoid.
  • To remind us that we need God’s grace… everyday!

C.S. Lewis once said, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”

Psalm 30:5 says, “…Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.”

What a comfort! What a relief!

Pain is inevitable but misery is optional. Which is why we need to plug into the real source of joy – Jesus.

His joy… our strength.


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