I told you earlier that my Word of the Year for 2015 is “pain.” Well, it certainly has proved to be an appropriate word for me now, for many reasons. I have many friends that are suffering from physical pain, emotional pain, the pain of the death of a loved one, relational pain, fear of the future, and the list can go on and on.
In addition, I have personally been experiencing more physical pain than usual due to the Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy in my knee, fibromyalgia, and because I didn’t keep up the physical therapy exercises I needed to continue at home when my formal sessions ended. The muscles in my knees have atrophied (again) and my left kneecap (the same knee that has RSD) has moved back out of place, causing a lot of discomfort. Although I continue to ride the stationary bike (or my real bike) and the elliptical every day, it hasn’t been doing anything to help keep the kneecap in place, of course. For that I needed to do the other strengthening exercises I’d been given. So I’m going to start that again now.
In the meantime, I can tell you that although my body has been in pain, my spirit is healthy and strong because of the faithfulness of God to give me the exact words I need for each moment, from the various sources I happen to be reading each day. It’s amazing how each quote fits something specific I’m dealing with at the time. I’d like to share some of these “pain quotes” with you this week. If you are hurting in any way (and it seems everyone is), I hope this will be an encouragement.
“Even the weariest river winds somewhere safe to sea.” It had been offered as consolation, a reminder that even the most pain-racked life finds ultimate release… –James Michener, Centennial, pg. 917
If ever there should turn out unbelievably to be a God of love willing to search for men even in the depths of evil and pain, the face of Jesus is the face we would know him by. –Frederick Buechner, The Faces of Jesus, pg. 132
I’m hurt and in pain; Give me space for healing, and mountain air. Let me shout God’s name with a praising song. Let me tell his greatness in a prayer of thanks. –Psalm 69:29-30 [MSG]
The Word of God isn’t about somebody else. It’s always a personal address, never a general, abstract truth. The biblical revelation is never a commentary or ideas or culture or conditions; it’s always about actual people, actual pain, actual trouble, actual sin. –Eugene H. Peterson, Conversations, pg. 461
Woe to those addicted to feeling good–life without pain! Those obsessed with looking good–life without wrinkles! –Amos 6:6 [MSG]
When the worst happens –whether war or flood or disease or famine — and we take our place before this Temple (we know you are personally present in this place!) and pray out our pain and trouble, we know that you will listen and give victory. –2 Chronicles 20:9 [MSG]
In closing, here is another great reminder about pain. Look for more of the many quotes God has been giving me in recent weeks in my next two blog posts!