Only God Knows – A Look at Pain and Worry

Normal

What is normal?

My sense of normalcy has been flawed since the age of 15. Half my life has been spent in doctors offices, physical therapy, and pharmacies. It seems to get worse and at times I can lose hope that it will ever get better.

Some days I might be weary of this reality but I try not to worry about what the future holds for chronic pain and endometriosis. I try not to worry about what it means for creating a family. I try not to worry about future surgeries or testing.

None of this is in my control. God goes before me and He’s already standing at the end of my life. So why worry about the future or the present?

My new sense of reality changed the moment my back started to hurt 15 years ago. I was developing all the same health issues as my family, but it was much earlier in life. Why didn’t I panic?

I have stared blankly at the ceiling of the operating room prior to 4 different surgeries and didn’t panic. I’ve sat on the examining table of back surgeons, chiropractors and neurologists and didn’t panic. I’ve spent 10 years searching for the answers to my most excruciating pain and didn’t panic.

Truthfully, there have been moments of worry but I cannot fear the worst knowing that my God has brought me to this place for a reason. There’s a reason behind my chronic pain. There’s a reason for new symptoms and there’s a reason that God chose me for it.

On the most difficult pain days, I try to remind myself that God gave this to me because He knew I could handle it. He knew that my strong, yet stubborn nature would get me through it. And God knew that when the strength of my own heart and spirit began to fail… that I would turn to Him.

We always need God, but without my pain would I even know Him? I can’t answer that question. Only God knows.

There is a song by JJ Heller that can summarize how I feel about life with chronic pain.

“Sometimes life doesn’t make any sense,
Of war and pain and accident,
He’s praying ‘I don’t know, I don’t know
What You’re doing, but I know who you are’.” Who You Are, JJ Heller

I will never be able to wrap my mind around the reasons why we suffer here on earth. Why we lose people. Why we cry and fear.

Perhaps the answer is simply… sin. Because of sin, we have to pay the price.

No one is perfect. Or normal. Or without sin.

We’ll never understand the normalcy of another person’s life. We can’t understand their version of a pain scale or how far they’re able to push themselves. Only God knows.

So until the day that we enter God’s Holy Kingdom, we will continue to sin, worry, grieve, fear and cry out in pain. But never forget that God loves you and promises to bring you through it.

If you’re feeling alone in your pain and suffering, remember that there are others that understand what you’re going through. I know that it’s hard at times, but try to stay positive and let God lead you. The Lord can bring you through even the deepest despair if you call on Him. Our Heavenly Father holds you in His hand and will never leave you alone.

Isaiah 41:13 brings me great comfort, “For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

In John 16:31-33, Jesus says, “Do you now believe? A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

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7 thoughts on “Only God Knows – A Look at Pain and Worry

  1. YOU BRING TEARS TO MY EYES, AS USUAL; ESPECIALLY BECAUSE OF YOUR PAIN. EVEN WHEN HOSPITALIZED FOR 9 WEEKS FROM A FULL BLOWN BRAIN ANEURYSM, I DIDN’T HAVE ANY PAIN THEN. THEY HAD ME ALL DRUGGED UP, ALL THE TIME EVEN AFTER THE 2ND. SURGERY.THE HORRIFIC PAIN IS WHEN IT HAPPENED & BURST, BUT I IMMEDIATELY WENT INTO A COMA, HENCE NO PAIN. MY HEART HURTS FOR YOU, BECAUSE I LOVE YOU SOO VERY MUCH! I WAS TOLD A LONG TIME AGO , ” GOD ONLY GIVES US , WHAT WE CAN HANDLE” THINK YOU’VE BEEN THERE & BACK! MY PRAYERS FOR YOU ALWAYS; AS MY THOUGHTS. LOVE, AUNT DONNA

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  2. Mara, I ache for you, but yet I know the Lord walks with you. You are so spiritually mature even though you are young. My pain has been more emotional, and my latest episode with it has left me tired but trusting in Him. I believe as you Mara, that there is a reason for my pain, that God will use it for something or someone. I do some mentoring, and am considering teaching a neighborhood Bible study, but I do feel that my pain has taught me and enabled me to do these tasks in a better way. But I sense that your pain kinda knocks you off your feet, and forces you to slow down if not stop activities. I certainly do pray for you, that you may be allowed to continue your work, for it is so needed! Much love!!

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  3. Mara, I haven’t been on your blog in a while (July was crazy, and then I was in Ireland, and I’m just getting back into the swing of things here). But I related to this post so deeply. I’ve had a lot of health issues and other painful experiences, and I’ve often felt very “unnormal” as I put it! Haha. It’s taken me a long time to really embrace suffering and the fact that my life will probably never be normal by any person’s standards. I’ve already had so much happen in my life, and it’s deepened and grown me in ways I never would’ve imagined (as I’m sure you understand!). God has used suffering in my life, and God has allowed it, and I’m trusting in Him to give me strength to get through each day.
    Anyway, I was thinking of you today and thought I’d get on your blog. Glad I did. Thanks for the encouragement. 🙂

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