Psalm 139:15 - My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
With chronic pain, I think this is where the rub is – not being able to return to a normal life. Everything changes in a heartbeat when either an accident or illness takes pain and maximizes the suffering it causes. Our eyes now look through tainted glasses. Each time a project or event comes up in your life, you have to decide if going will bring you a flare-up of pain. But life wasn’t meant to bring only suffering. There can be joy even if there’s pain. They can coexist, but you must be willing to be flexible and let how your body feels guide your day. That way, you will be less likely to automatically take something on that might bring more suffering. Taking a day to rest after your activity is also a good way to allow your body to recover. Remember, God is the maker of your body, and he knows what you can and can’t do. Ask him what you should do with your day and he will direct you.
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.