Psalm 188: 5, 6 - When hard pressed, I cried to the LORD; he brought me into a spacious place. The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Do you ever feel like the walls around you press towards you even when your chronic pain increases?
I know I do. But even if I have chronic pain or live in a small apartment, I can in fact, feel like I live in a spacious place. Feel the presence of joy instead of sadness. Throw out the bitterness and believe that not all people are out to give you more pain.
This is especially true if you battle chronic migraines. When the drummer picks up his drumstick and pounds on it constantly, it can cause sharp pounding into your head with each strike. Or it could be the ticking of the clock when you’re trying to fall asleep. These both and others can make it difficult to even function.
We become hard pressed on every side of our lives.
But if we believe that we live in a spacious place, we can pretend that we’re beside cool waters with tree branches dancing into our square box of pain. The wind brings relief. Yet, you must believe there is a place created just for you that can aide in passing through the hours of pain.
People can also cause us to feel hard pressed, wanting to fan the flames of any anger you have inside because you suffer. We don’t need to be afraid of what others do or try to do to us. In the end, it’s not our pain that causes us trouble, but the way we amp up the situation we’re going through as an argument explodes.
Remember a time when you felt freedom. Take hold of it with all your strength. Release the need to be in control. What can you do to help you feel you’re in a spacious place?
Perhaps you could have your home painted a more soothing color. Buy pillows of a variety of colors. Use soft rugs near where you sit.
Arthritis- health.com in their article, “11 Ways to Relieve Pain Naturally,” provides ideas that can help. So, here’s one you’ll like – eating chocolate. It can dull the sensation of pain. One that I tried recently is acupuncture. It may feel scary to have needles stuck into you, but it doesn’t have to. The needles today are much smaller than in the past, they only feel like a small tap. Another one I use is warming up aching joints and cooling down joints. I create rice socks. You take a long sock and fill it with rice. Then tie a knot on the end with a rubber band. One goes into the freezer and another can be warmed up in the microwave. They are simple ways to help relieve pain. Find more ways to naturally reduce your pain by reading the whole article.
Believe you can feel like you’re in a spacious place as the Bible verse above speaks about. When you are feeling hard pressed, cry out to God. He can help you find the best ways to bring you to a place where relaxation and healing can take place. This can release the death grip that migraines take a hold of us.
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.