And I don’t like it.
Often there’s a good reason for it.
Something I neglected to do, or follow through on, caused it.
C. S. Lewis said that pain is God’s megaphone.
Pain, for me, is God’s way of shouting: “Hey! I tried whispering. I tried the still, small voice. That didn’t work. So I have no other recourse than to shout!” When I finally hear it—and get it—I know it’s time to do something about it.
Alistair Begg gives us an uncommon view of suffering: “Although the trial may appear in the disguise of an enemy, in reality it may prove to be a friend. The biblical writer James encourages his readers when faced with trials to welcome them as friends rather than resenting them as intruders. Instead of running and hiding, we are to face them in the awareness that they come to prove us and improve us.”
Hmmm…I like that perspective. Suffering may not be good in itself, but if we view it for what it could be, a chance to “prove us and improve us,” we can turn it into a positive. We can make something good out of it.
I use the pain I’m feeling as a wake-up call, as fuel, as motivation to do whatever it takes to change my current circumstance.
Facing a tough trial?
What is God trying to tell you?