All of us, at some point in our lives, have experienced some kind of pain. This pain may have been purely physical, purely emotional, or a mixture of both; but we all know what pain feels like.
You might be feeling pain right now, or you might be holding on to the pain you have felt in the past. Either way, it is up to YOU to choose what to do with your pain; and ultimately, how you live your life because of it.
I used to never understand why we had to feel so much pain. I never understood why such bad things happened to people. People die, people get injured, or sick; people hurt other people with words or with actions. We get rejected, hurt, broken, and let down over and over again.
I’ve always known that my pain serves a purpose in some form or another. I always told myself that “everything happens for a reason,” but how many times can you say that before it starts to sound like a lie?
It took this trial that I am currently facing, the hardest thing I have ever gone through, to make me realize just how much my pain has a purpose.
It takes losing everything to gain the very thing that I thought I had this whole time:
A solid, unsinkable trust in Jesus and His plan for me.
Our bad times, our pain, and the challenges we have to overcome lead us to a place where He is the ONLY one who can heal us. Our struggles take us to a place where there is no other worldly thing to turn to, and thus we learn to rely on God and His beautiful plan for us. Our pain helps us to re-evaluate our lives so that we can see what things we have been putting before God, and even before ourselves.
I look back at all the pain in my past and I can now see in every situation how He turned my pain into purpose. Although I can’t see what He will use my current pain for, I can look forward to what I will gain from it in the future. I encourage you, my friends, if you are struggling with some kind of pain or trial… that you don’t give up. Hold on a little bit longer. Because better days always come. His light always finds a way to shine through the darkness.
Let God use your pain to transform you into the person you never knew that you could be. Let Him LOVE you, let Him define you. Let Him give you peace and value and a purpose that is so much bigger than yourself.