2 Chronicles 20:17 – You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.
In many ways emotional pain follows the path of chronic pain. There are times when the pain you experience is just a light breeze. You know it’s there, but you’re able to function and be at peace. Then there are times when pain starts to speak into your ear and tell you, “It’s getting worse now.” It is at this point that you need to forcibly put your mind onto something else that will totally occupy your mind. But then, yes, but then there are times when pain has the audacity to walk right up to you and say, “You can’t do this anymore! Not again! I’m winning this battle” and goes and grabs anxiety by the hand and marches into your every thought and action. At this point, you must realize that you can’t do this alone. And it’s there, at that point of surrender, that God picks you up, cradles you in his arms, and says, “Pain and anxiety may think they’re winning the battle, but I will win the war for you. So rest. I’m here.”
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.