I shared yesterday that I would about my pain journey. Since many people have suffered far worse, and compared to Christ’s brutal agony on the cross, I hesitated to write about my trivial journey. In addition, I have not experienced total victory over the pain.
However, the Lord reminds me that as we share our stories of past deliverance, it encourages others suffering through similar struggles to keep holding on. Our testimonies, even if not examples of complete or instantaneous healing are valid stories nonetheless.
Pain is most often physical, but can present in other forms, such as emotional. Either way, painful scenarios hurt and have a way of altering life, as we knew it. As Don Piper describes, when he returned to earth after spending 90 Minutes in Heaven, life as he formally knew it radically changed. He left earth in good health, but returned to a life of continual suffering, because of his injuries in a car accident. He calls the life he now lives as his “new normal.”
Pain does that. It alters our lives and brings about another normal.
The new normal for me results from both physical and emotionally upsetting circumstances, each rendering my life completely rearranged.
Throughout each difficulty, though, God has been my Rock. He is my constant in the midst of painful change, and continually strengthens me to trust Him more. Along the way, each new normal has birthed blessings in disguise.
Just as my pain has been a journey, my telling of such will be one. In order to adequately describe the circumstances, yet at the same time not overwhelm readers with wordiness, I will share my story in parts. The first part of my painful saga will be about a traumatic rejection. Of a time when I concluded God had rejected me.
The precursor to this series is a poem I posted yesterday, Pain Writes a Story Only God Can Revise.
I know that I do not suffer alone. If you would like others to pray for you in your journey of pain, post a link or share in the comments below. We are all in this together!
Blessings on your journey.