it is not easy to ignore. You can drug it, pacify it, but sooner or later it will return. An unwanted guest that moves in for far too long.
You may cry. You may feel you are drowning with no safety net in sight. You might have a pity party, (not ashamed to admit, i did). But sooner or later we have to deal with it. How?
How do we reach, what feels like, an untouchable aggressor? How can we focus on God grace and salvation when we are distracted by this torment?
After the pity party, and the why me questions, these are things i have and am learning.
No one is immune to pain. 1 Peter 5:9
". . . standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings." Why does it matter that no one is immune? it should teach us compassion. We all hurt differently, our ache isn't the same, none the less, it is painful. Show compassion to those in pain on any level. Reach out, help, and pray for them. The second part of that verse in 1 Peter is . . .(vs10) "And the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast."
Does that mean our pain will eventually end? Yes, but not necessarily on earthly terms. it may end when we reach heaven, only God knows.
What i personally have learned from my pain. . . . . . . 1. Don't do it alone. Cling to Christ. Pray that he leads you to what you should do. Where you should do. What avenues you should take. Don't throw your hands up and say, ok this is my cross to bear, i will always feel like this. (i am coming to terms with that one. What can i say i'm a slow learner). 1 Thessalonians 5:17 "Pray continually."
2. Rejoice in the good days, don't let go of God in the bad days. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 "Give thanks in all circumstances. . . . "
3. it's ok to cry. God weeps too. He hurts when you hurt. He understands our hearts cry. Just keep your eyes on Him.
i do not write this for sympathy, but to encourage. To all in physical pain i pray this helps you. We have a God that cares about it all, big and small. Prayers for you friends.