Psalm 102:13 – You will arise and have compassion on Zion, for it is time to show favor to her, the appointed time has come.
There are seasons in our lives that come and go. Some go by quickly, while others drag on. Some are seasons of great joy, while others leave our hearts broken.
Sometimes we have a season when our bodies are working correctly and our pain is held at bay. Our bodies let us go out and take part in family gatherings and spend time with friends.
But then our chronic pain slaps us in the face demanding that we focus on it instead and we head into a season of pain. We try to do what usually helps our pain like physical therapy or cold and heat treatments. We try to look on the bright side and believe it’s just one season and we can get through it, right?
Yet, we’re not alright. We are writhing in pain and every move we make hurts. So we try to push forward.
Sometimes that’s all it takes to get us through a painful season, but sometimes it’s not. So we lock ourselves inside our homes and throw away the key. This season of pain is so intense that we plunge into a season of emotional pain as well.
So what can we do to survive a season of pain? Psychologytoday.com lists some ways in their article, “How to Survive Chronic Pain One Moment at a Time.” There suggestions include seeing things as they are without being judgmental about them, and noticing your suffering experience without attaching to it. You can practice this by reminding yourself that you’re much more than the pain you feel.
Life can be so difficult to bear, but we can survive the tough seasons of pain. Take a look at the Bible verse above. It may feel like no matter what you do God’s not going to heal you of this season of pain. But God has great compassion on you. In the right time relief will come. And perhaps it’s time, now, to feel God’s favor over you and go beyond this season of pain.
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.