Pain’s Purpose

Pain's PurposeSome people say that the only sure things in life are death and taxes. I like to add a couple more to that list, mental and physical pain. Physical and mental pain are inevitable parts of our human experience.

Have you ever heard someone say “Life dealt me a crappy hand”, like mental and physical pain are not the norm. We assume that life isn’t supposed to have any pain and when pain shows up, we are shocked. We seem to have an innate sense of entitlement. We think that we are owed a pain-free existence.

I recently had a conversation with a friend who was struggling to find peace with “God’s plan” for her life including the recent death of a loved one. “How could this possibly be God’s will?” she asked.

Here’s what I’ve come to know about God’s will:

God’s will is not the path we walk, but rather how we walk the path.

I don’t believe that is it God’s plan to give me one chronic disease after another.

God’s will is not what happens to me, it’s how I respond to what is happening.

God’s wants me to walk with Him through my pain.

God’s will is for me to use my own painful life events to carry his message of hope, grace, forgiveness and mercy to those whom lives we touch. We must choose to give purpose and meaning to our suffering.

I have discovered that in the midst of my greatest pain that not only do I cry more easily, but I laugh more easily, too. Maybe I am just more alive. Maybe I am beginning to discover that by embracing my pain, it empowers rather than embitters.