Some people see life as a pack of cards that they are dealt by ‘The Dealer’ whilst others are less fatalistic recognising everyone faces light and shade. Whichever is closer to your position, how do you deal with pain in your life? Whether expected or not, it comes along – we all know that pain can be emotional, physical, spiritual, light, extreme, temporary or worst of all it can be permanent.
Victoria Arlen was eleven when she lost the ability to speak, eat, walk, and move. With little hope of survival, she went on to battle through and become a winning Paralympian. Here’s her take on pain: ‘The climb might be tough and challenging, but the view is worth it. There is a purpose for that pain; you just can't always see it right away’.
If that hadn’t come from someone who’d faced such depths of pain as being ‘locked’ in her own body, we could dismiss this as trite. Some might accept there can be a purpose discovered through pain but others cannot accept a God who allows pain, accusing him of knowing nothing about it. This criticism doesn’t hold up when God’s response to the human condition is truly understood – far from abandoning rebellious humans to self-imposed pain, God entered into that pain in human flesh in the person of his son Jesus Christ. At a real time in history, God began to feel the reality of every pain known to humans as Jesus walked the earth. It came to a climax when Jesus was faced with ‘drinking the cup’ of all our pain and suffering by dying on the cross – this was no card dealt to him but a real choice to enter your pain, to walk with you in it and to bring you through it. One of his titles is ‘Man of Sorrows’ – ask him to be with you in your pain and you can be sure that he will and will bring you the deepest healing that you need.
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