No pain – No gain.
We repeat this cliché and although we may believe in the truth of its principle, we would rather not experience it.
The reality is – we hate pain. We pray for healing as soon as we discover a lump, an asymmetrical mole or a rash that looks like shingles.
We scream, “It’s unfair, unjust,” when our identities are stolen or when our hearts are broken.
We hate pain. Yet it is also reality that the sharp bite of a vaccination may protect us from disease. The consequences of a broken commandment may drive us to repentance.
We often gain the most through pain.
As we have searched for answers about my son’s mysterious illness, we have considered the role of pain. Certainly, we asked for healing prayer. Many of you responded. Thank you!
Yet even within the uncertainty, I wondered – oh God – are you trying to teach us more about trust? Is there a higher purpose for these questions about my son’s health? How connected are his physical issues with the spiritual?
Last week, Caleb lay on a table while the doctor used acupuncture to relieve the pressure in my son’s brain.
One of the needles hit a painful place and what had been a comfortable treatment suddenly changed into a definite, “Ouch!”
Caleb bravely endured, then later that night, began to experience relief. The next day, he was 75% better and the following day – 100%.
The pain of that one needle insertion evidently made a different. The pain brought gain.
Treatments continue because we want total and lasting relief. We still don’t know the cause and maybe with further treatment, the answer will come.
But we’re moving beyond the uncertainty and into relief.
What have we learned? Again – the value and treasure of prayer. The prayers of you righteous ones who responded have made a difference.
The expertise of a doctor who specializes in natural treatments and listens to how the body works. If you want the name of a doctor who knows his stuff, email me: Rebecca@RJThesman.net.
We have also learned – again – to trust when we see no way out, when we beat our heads against blank walls and puzzled looks from medical professionals who have no answers. We trust in Yahweh Rophe – the divine Healer.
We have been reminded – again – to keep searching but simultaneously keep trusting that God may heal or he may direct us to those who can help. He may let us walk awhile in the pain and the uncertainty so that we will be grateful, trust wholeheartedly and learn patience.
Pain has become gain. Thank you, God.
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