Revelations 21:4 - He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
Sometimes, when we’re in pain, we want to escape the world we’re living in. But there’s a difference between imagining yourself on a beach, and just wanting to run away from life.
But we don’t have to run away to find peace. We can use our imagination to meditate and find ourselves walking through an open door to the beach. This can be a good thing. Breath deeply and:
However, it isn’t a good thing if we let our imaginations take over life.
Do you see the progression? Where once your imagination was used to help you relax now, we can’t pull ourselves away from it.
What are healthy ways of dealing with pain and wanting to escape?
Here are a few ideas on psychologytoday.com in their article titled, “Escaping Reality to Heal”:
Find the complete list in the article. It will help you to find relief in a healthy way. So, be careful, though, how long you stay in your imaginary place or it can lead to wanting to escape completely from life.
Find comfort also, in the above Bible verse. Know that your pain will not last forever. Someday God will wipe away your tears and there will be not more crying or pain. Focus on this verse when you’re meditating, and you’ll find it penetrating your soul
Matthew 9:12 – On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”
When we go to the doctor, they expect us to arrive before our appointment, but if we’re late more than 10 minutes, they cancel our appointment.
So we arrive on time and they finally call our name and put us in a room, where we wait and wait. We might get angry, but sometimes doctors are forced to double book the appointment. So much of it isn’t their fault.
On top of everything, I read an article today stating that a local medical group, Dignity Health is cutting 1% of staff. Need to be angry? But at who?
It would do you no good to be angry. Yet, I know so many who are angry at our medical system. But it also points to us, do we really need to see a doctor for every little thing? It would depend on what we need addressed. Remember, as the Bible verse above says, “It’s not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”
I’m not saying that you should ignore warning signs that might point to a larger issue. If there’s any doubt on whether you should go in, you should get checked out. But as you wait, try to think of the main issue that you need addressed and what you would like the doctor to do for you. Houstonmethodist.org list when you should see a doctor in their article, “10 Signs You Should go See a Doctor?” Some of the signs are you have a persistent fever, your cold becomes unusually bad, you’re short of breath, and you develop unexpected symptoms after a procedure or starting a new medication.
You may find yourself becoming angry when you must wait to see the doctor, but be careful of what you tell yourself, major symptoms and incidents aren’t the only reason to go see the doctor as I talked about above. Whatever your situation, remember that for many conditions early detection can lead to better outcomes.
Karen Dalske is a freelance writer, public speaker, is active in her church and writes her blogs out of her own experiences of pain, illness and loss.