Pushing Through Pain for the Promise

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No one likes pain.  Millions of dollars are spent (legally and illegally) to try to alleviate both physical and emotional pain.  It is something that we try to avoid because pain hurts. Pain is unpleasant, uncomfortable and unavoidable.

Yet, often times when we are faced with seasons of pain and heartache, we take things into our own hands and try to control the pain.  We may find temporary relief of pain through medication, alcohol, drugs, or in self destructive behavior. However, what if in the midst of the pain we choose to embrace it?  What if we look at our pain as a source of growth and development in our character and our faith? What if instead of trying to avoid the pain we choose to face it and push through it?

I will admit that pushing through pain is not easy.  I have experienced seasons of pain that has lasted for months and even years.  I have experienced heartache to the point that I couldn’t pray or even begin to form the words. There were times when I knelt before God that I could only bring tears instead of praise. I have experienced some pain and heartache during my life. Although, my heartaches may be different than yours, pain is pain.

At the end of 2016, I was in a place in my life where I felt lost.  I had to make some very difficult decisions to let go of the things that I loved and cherished and dreams that I was chasing.  In the decision of letting go, I felt that I had lost my identity and who I was and who I wanted to be. My grief through this process was unlike any grief that I ever experienced before.  My morning prayers were spent in tears asking for direction. However, as I prayed for direction, I felt more lost than ever. The grief of losing something or someone you love can be indescribable and unbearable.  I knew that God was my comfort and strength but yet I felt so hurt and weak in those moments.

It was hard facing each day when the pain didn’t feel as if it had eased. However, I remained constant in spending time with God. Each time I met with HIM, I knew he was with me wrapping his arms around me.  He knew my hurt. He saw my pain. He knew my struggles. On those days when all I could bring to him was a broken heart and tears, He was with me!  Don't get me wrong, there were days where I felt all alone. However, I was never forsaken.

I kept pushing through the pain because I knew that God had a purpose for it and I knew what HIS word said:

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
— Romans 8:28

During that time, I also knew whatever I sowed in tears, that I would eventually reap in joy.  I had to push through the pain to reach God’s purpose.

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It took time, effort and lots of prayer for the pain to ease. It wasn’t overnight or immediate.  There is no temporary relief of pain that could ever compare to the lasting purpose that God has for me in my life.

It was through that season of pain that God revealed to me who HE is and how HE is faithful to HIS promises.  I also discovered how passionate that I am for HIS word. It is through HIS words of hope, encouragement and love that begin to heal the pain and ease the hurt.

God began to reveal his purpose for me and to take what I am most passionate about, HIS word, and share it with others to offer hope and encouragement.  Words that exude the love that HE has for us so that in your pain, HE can begin to offer healing and reveal to you His purpose for your life.

This light, temporary nature of our suffering is producing for us an everlasting weight of glory, far beyond any comparison, because we do not look for things that can be seen but for things that cannot be seen. For things that can be seen are temporary, but things that cannot be seen are eternal.
— 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

 

Nothing that we experience in our life is ever in vain. God will use it for our good and to fulfill his purpose even through our pain.

Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later.
— Romans 8:17-18

If you are struggling with pain, I encourage you to continue to push through in prayer and reading God’s word. God sees your pain and He will heal you while revealing HIS purpose in the process.

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