Job 3:25 - What I feared has come upon me; what I dreaded has happened to me.
Suddenly, the sidewalk is racing toward you. You have only a second to react and then, what you dread has happened – you take a hard fall.
Falling can indeed be a real occurrence to dread for those who battle chronic pain. When the sidewalk rises up to greet you, it can cause further damage to a back already racked with pain or cause another area of your body to be injured and added to your list of areas subject to chronic pain.
What’s a person to do? Do you keep your eyes on the ground with each step you take and miss out on seeing the beauty of the world around you?
Do you walk slowly being careful as you move one foot in front of the other?
Or do you decide to stay indoors so you don’t risk getting hurt?
However, staying indoors may not be the answer. Your home contains places that are ready to cause you to trip and find the floor suddenly flying towards you.
Life can’t be lived looking for those dreaded ways you can suffer another injury. Life is filled not only with the chance to be injured, but also the chance to have fun or find a new adventure.
So how do we keep a balance from needing to be careful with looking for ways to enjoy life? Find some ideas on tinybuddha.com in their article, “Body Betrayal: How to Cope with Chronic Pain and Illness,” such as focusing on what you can do not what you can't.
Also, remember that even if what you dread comes knocking at your door you don’t have to be afraid. God is right there with you and will help calm your fears.
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.