Hebrews 4:12 - For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
Have you ever heard of a double-edge sword which, because both sides of the blade are sharp, can cut in two directions at the same time?
That’s like chronic pain – it cuts through the physical but also the emotional.
With physical pain you might try to keep it from affecting your day. Or you may try not letting it affect your family and work. But it’s hard to keep your emotional reactions at bay.
It’s like a sailboat in the middle of a storm. You may try to tack into the wind, but when that fails you may have to take down the sails. You can hold on for dear life, but when that enormous wave heads straight for you there’s not much you can do. The boat topples over and you find yourself in the dark heart of the stormy sea.
Some people feel guilty when they have an emotional reaction to pain. But there’s nothing wrong with the pain affecting how you feel. It’s going to happen. There’s no use pretending it doesn’t exist. It can cause you to be thrown into that dark stormy sea.
But like that double-edged sword there aren’t just the negative emotions cutting into our hearts. There’s good that can at the same time replace those negative emotions with the positive.
So instead of being afraid of that two-edged sword pain, remember God can help you navigate your way out of the storm and to the shore where a fire and a warm blanket are awaiting your arrival.
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.