To say that pain is a challenge is a gross understatement for some. Whether it’s emotional, physical or relational pain, when you’re hurting—and the aching is deep—it’s awful.
Over the past week, I’ve dealt with a tooth that’s killing me. A couple I love is going through a divorce. I spoke with a man who recently lost his wife to cancer. I got an email from a college guy who once went to Eastpoint and was passionate about Jesus, but now he’s walking away from Him. And just to add to the fun, my 23-year-old Buick is on its death bed.
It’s been one of those weeks.
My body hurts. My heart hurts. And at times the pain seems unbearable.
Maybe your week has been worse than mine. Perhaps you’re dealing with a lot more than a bad tooth because your body is wracked right now with cancer. Maybe you’re in the midst of a personal relationship struggle that is shredding your soul. You might be the mother or father of a child who has wandered from faith.
Your body hurts. Your heart hurts. And at times the pain seems unbearable.
I’m so sorry, and the last thing I want to do is slap a happy Jesus sticker on your agony. But may I give you something to consider?
Whatever you’re facing right now as a parent, partner, pastor or person isn’t the end of your story.
Seriously, it’s not. Not if you’re a Christ-follower.
Whatever physical struggle you face, your earth-suit (i.e., body) will get an upgrade someday.
Whatever emotional strain you’re under right now, someday every broken heart will be healed.
Whatever relational battle you’re striving against as a spouse, parent, or leader, someday peace will rule in your mind forever.
Regrettably, we humans tend to be too limited in our perspective. We (and yes, I am included) get so overwhelmed by the pain we’re in that we forget that all pain is temporary. All.
We also lose sight of this fact: Pain can be a teacher. If we decide to grow through it and not just go through it, pain can mold us into better people rather than bitter people.
Without question, if I were given a choice, I would choose a pain-free life, but it’s through struggle and suffering that my character is best molded into the image of Jesus.
Man, I wish that weren’t true, but it is.
When the pain seems unbearable, and you want to quit, remember that no pain is permanent, and all pain can have a purpose.
So hold on.
Whatever you’re facing right now is never the end of your story in Christ.
The struggles, hardships, and sufferings
overwhelming us now are nothing compared
to the beauty and wonder that are coming because of Jesus!
Romans 8:18 (Bubna Paraphrase)