Happy Monday. “Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of overcoming.” –Helen Keller
I recently was scanning my book shelves and my eyes saw the book The Gift of Pain and next to it How to Stop the Pain.
It spoke to me that there is a lot of pain both physical and emotional.
Ask one who knows about leprosy and they will tell you that pain has a definite purpose. We touch a scalding hot pan and pain says, “Let go.” Lepers become numb to this signal and great damage can be done.
Pain helps the doctor with his diagnosis and it teaches us when good days come. We enjoy them more.
I don’t know who first said it, but “pain is inevitable; suffering is optional.” This is so true of the emotional hurts that come.
Before we incur too much damage we must learn to “let go.”
Several years ago one special verse gave me guidelines to help with the pain you can’t see. Using the fingers on one hand helps me remember these five things—and they work! Isaiah 41:10
- I must not fear for I’m not alone. Psalm 27:1
- There is no need for dismay or apprehension for it is Jehovah God who is there. Joshua 1:9
- When I am weak, He will be my strength. 2 Corinthians 12:10
- When I need help, He runs to my aid. Hebrews 13:6
- When I am about to “faint,” He holds me with His mighty right hand. Isaiah 40:28-31
Can we trust that these promises are for us to lean on? God, who cannot lie, gave them to us in His unchanging word.
We can trust the One who died for us.