My diabetic specialist of many years thinks he is funny – he is one of those who will say when you complain about something hurting when you do it “Then don’t do that.” And I pay for this??? But he has a point. When something hurts, my body is saying – “Something is wrong. Don’t do that again.” While not every one would agree, I have always seen that kind of pain as a sign of God’s wonderful design. If I didn’t know something was wrong, I might do real damage to myself or not attend to something that could be cured or bettered.
Last week was one filled with pains for me – there were multiple times of frustration and several times I was just plain hurt and angry. Nothing physical – all mental and psychic. What I need to remind myself is that my life is no different from my body in that respect. When things hurt, when circumstances bring pain or frustration then something is there that needs my attention.
To be frank, there are some people I should avoid because they will always cause me pain. There are some circumstances that I know are going to push my buttons of anger or grief. The pain tells me “Don’t go there” or “Don’t do that” – unless I do so with the clarity of what’s coming and have prepared myself as best I can to face it.
And sometimes… sometimes what hurts tells me I need to work on something. Some area of my character that isn’t where God would have it. Some times I need divine help and that of people who love me to work through, walk through make it through with me.
Pay attention to those pains in your life… they may be telling you something that God wants you to know!