Lessons Learned from My Sickness – Part 2: The Indispensability of Pain
By Pastor Ronny Luces
Too often, we want to avoid pain. We don’t like its sensation. We are simply uncomfortable with it.
But do you know that when Christ described the experience of great joy – he mentioned the pain of childbirth?
According to him in John 16:21, a woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born, she forgets the anguish because of her joy.
There’s simply no pain greater than childbirth, and no greater joy aside from it either.
I was subjected to many painful medical procedures. A chest tube for thoracostomy (CTT) was inserted into my body to drain my lungs’ fluids.
For several days, I have to carry that tube wherever I go – to the OR, the x-ray room, and the restroom. I have to bear the discomfort it brings.
But I know that my painful experience is part of my treatment and, consequently, my healing. I can’t be healed unless I experience pain.
There’s simply no shortcut or easy way out if I want to be healed.
For that tube was also used for my pleurodesis treatment.
So I learned to value that painful experience.
Instead of complaining, I learned to accept pain as part of my healing.
As they say, no pain – no gain.
Are you suffering any pain? Physical, emotional, relational, etc.?
It’s given to you as an indispensable process of your healing. May God continue to bless you!
Posted on FB: 2 March 2015 – 3:37 PM