Isaiah 53:2 – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; and the flames will not set you ablaze.
Pain is like a double-edged sword which cuts through the physical as well as the emotional. With physical pain you try to keep it from affecting your day. But it’s hard to keep your emotional reactions at bay. Some people feel guilty when they have an emotional reaction to pain. Let yourself off the hook. It’s going to happen. You’re going to react to the pain. That’s why it’s important to have ways already set up to help you. It’s not healthy to just try to push down the feelings, but to embrace them for what they are and start looking for ways you can comfort yourself and keep your pain from being the focus of your day. I’ve found that reading Bible verses I’ve already picked out on pain and peace helps. Also praying helps me remember where my focus should be and trusting God to help me through the difficult waters 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.