Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering

These last couple of weeks can be summed up as pain and suffering. It started with a quick moving double ear infection. By the time I realized what was happening both ears where swollen shut with sharp shooting pain into my jaw.

It took almost two weeks for the antibiotics to work. It was a slow process. Then as I was almost clear of the ear infection, I picked up clothes off the bathroom floor. I stood up with full, quick force and hit my head on the corner of a cabinet door. The sound that came out of my mouth was loud enough to bring Curt up from the basement. The pain radiated from my head down my neck and into my shoulders. Tears rolled. Ice and Ibuprofen followed.

I found myself asking God if he was trying to tell me something. I don’t think God did this to me but I do find in times of pain and suffering that I see and hear God differently the average day to day experiences.

God’s the one who rebuilds Jerusalem,
    who regathers Israel’s scattered exiles.
He heals the heartbroken
    and bandages their wounds.
He counts the stars
    and assigns each a name.
Our Lord is great, with limitless strength;
    we’ll never comprehend what he knows and does.
God puts the fallen on their feet again
    and pushes the wicked into the ditch. (Psalm 147:2-6 MSG)

As I write this, my head is still pounding and I’m still waiting for my recent wounds to be bandaged. Whether my wounds are physical, emotional or spiritual, God’s promises are true. He heals the broken and bandages their wounds. He puts us back on our feet again. So, I wait, albeit impatiently, I wait. I know healing will come.

What do you do in the midst of pain and suffering? Do you trust the promises? Do you chase His healing? Share your experience here and breathe life and bring hope to others.

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