I used to try almost anything to avoid pain (food addiction, denial, avoiding people, deciding not to care, etc.). I even caused my own pain to avoid the pain of being hurt by someone else. That may sound crazy, but if you have been in an abusive relationship, you might understand that. Little did I know that if I would seek God in my pain, instead of trying to avoid pain, He could use my moments of pain to help me get healed. And He has! And is. And will continue. I have a long way to go, but I have also come a long, long way. That freedom is not something I would trade for anything.
A few nights ago I had a painful experience during a would-be peaceful vacation. Because of what I have learned about God meeting me in my pain, I was able to invite Him into the pain, let Him lift the pain, help me navigate through it and learn from it. I was also able, in that painful moment, to enjoy a beautiful dinner with some awesome people, to stay engaged, to laugh, and to create an amazing memory where pain might have taken over. I didn’t “put on a happy face.” The laughter was real. Why? Because I didn’t suppress the pain. I simply invited Jesus into the pain, and His presence helped me enjoy that dinner. There was a time in my life when I wouldn’t have thought that was possible. But it truly is.
If you want to know more about how God works His healing through our pain, here is a quick and amazing article written by my friend Kerri Johnson at The Center for Inner Healing. She is the person who taught me all of this in the first place. I hope you will enjoy this article and see how God can help you find healing through your pain.