The Joy of Pain.

Do you know anything about pain? I’m sure you do. We all feel pain.

For the most part, no one likes pain.

Ok, let me take that back. Super crazy athletes probably like pain. Because they know the pain and the burn they’re experiencing is causing eventual growth.

But in life, we typically don’t look at pain that same way.

Some seasons are just tough. Today I was talking with a friend who is going through a tough season of pain. My heart broke for them. I’ve been there.

In those seasons it’s so hard to find the Joy on Pain.

The Joy of Pain?

What does that even mean? Romans 5:3-5 gives us an idea…

There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!

I’m in a painful season. For the last 3 weeks, moving is painful. Walking is painful. Bending is painful. Living is painful. This is not new to me. But, the previous 4 months, I was starting to experience some relatively pain free existence.

But then, the pain came rushing back. Like an old friend who couldn’t wait to wear out their welcome.

It’s hard. But, I’m trying my best to find the Joy in all this! I’m trying my best to remember that living with pain is causing me to turn to God more. To trust Him more. To pray more. To ask Him for healing.

Pain is hard, but I choose to still find the Joy in it!

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