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    Psalm 6
    1 O LORD, rebuke me not in thine anger, neither chasten me in thy hot displeasure.
    2 Have mercy upon me, O LORD; for I am weak: O LORD, heal me; for my bones are vexed.
    3 My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O LORD, how long?
    4 Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies' sake.
    5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
    6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.
    7 Mine eye is consumed because of grief; it waxeth old because of all mine enemies.
    8 Depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity; for the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping.
    9 The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.
    10 Let all mine enemies be ashamed and sore vexed: let them return and be ashamed suddenly.

    Pain usually starts suddenly. Most of the pains we feel today can be solved with the medical knowledge that is present. That is, if you're fortunate enough to be in a place where it's both available and affordable. I happen to live in a country where everybody has insurance, so pain should not be a problem here, right? Wrong. But more of that later.

    When you have acute pain, there are many options available, like surgery, drugs or therapy. I'm sure there are more options than I can mention here. But what if all of that fails? What if the pain becomes chronic? What if it is unsolvable? Or in the worst case, what if there is something to do about it, but the doctors won't do it? The last thing is happening to me.

    A lot of people have daily chronic pain. Some become suicidal, some ignore it and just live the way they were before. Others have so much pain that their life changes completely. The last thing is happening to me too. My life will never be the same: I became bedridden, and the little progress I had made (being able to walk fairly well in the house) was taken away; I can only walk now with help from my husband who holds me upright, as many times I can't due to my pain. It's debilitating. Now more than ever.

    Where does God appear in this picture? If you're a regular member on this site, you can ask for prayers and many members will pray for you. You can also pray for yourself, laying your complaints before your Father, but at some point you come to the conclusion that although you still pray for relief of pain, you stop complaining to Him because He knows everything already anyway. It's also a good time to start listening to Him instead of talking. In my case He led me to a good pain doctor and for a while she was able to patch me up, and I have high hopes she'll do it again on Thursday.

    Sometimes however, there is no solution. Yes, sometimes God does take my pain away after praying, but more often He leads me through it. I am reminded of these verses in 2 Corinthians 12:7-10

    7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
    8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
    9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
    10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

    Sometimes God uses our infirmities as a witness tool, and I know that God is using me, like Paul, as a powerful witness. Often I get feedback from people who praise me for holding on and coping so well with my problems. I quickly answer to those replies, redirect the praise to God and tell them that I am not that strong, and that many times I am desperate because of the heavy pains my body goes through. But sometimes I also get feedback from someone who holds on to me, saying that if I can hold on with all my pain, that they can hold on to their pain, which is less than mine. I often answer them that no pain is less than mine, and that for the person that goes through it, it is the worst thing that could happen to them. I offer to pray for them as they pray for me. Shared pain is part of the healing process.

    But if you have chronic pain, you can find THE perfect "pain-partner" in Jesus. He went through a whole lot more physical pain and mental anguish when He was crucified. He experienced Himself what the word pain means and He knows how to heal it. Best thing you can do if you experience chronic pain is reach out to Him. He may not heal you instantly, but He'll be there with you, going through it with you. Maybe you're angry in the beginning or frustrated. Just talk to Him. He'll understand and you will not be alone. And when the time is right, He may heal you and make you whole again. Whatever the case, He will comfort you and love you like no one else can. In my case, He fills me with the peace that passeth all understanding.

    I know chronic pain is hard to bear. But it's never as much as what Jesus went through. So whatever you do, don't forget to talk to Him in the process. He will help you. You've got a friend and "fellow-sufferer" for life in Him.
    Comments 5 Comments
    1. Longsufferer's Avatar
      Longsufferer -
      We know that we as the Lord Jesus Christ do learn obedience by the things which we suffer, and if at one time we had good health, but now no more, we shall then bless the Lord, saying The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; Blessed be the Name of the Lord. Therefore whether we be comforted, then glory to God; or whether we be afflicted, then glory to God.
    1. IMINXTC's Avatar
      IMINXTC -
      Miepie, you have served the LORD so mightily in the midst of and through your suffering. Your testimony, in this regard is more powerful and useful than a truckolad of apologetics, because you are a living example.

      Thanks much for this thoughtful, most-encouraging and well-written article.
    1. Amos_with_goats's Avatar
      Amos_with_goats -
      To some, the Lord gives a measure of faith. They suffer pain, and by their faith the Lord exercises grace and heals them.

      To others, the Lord also gives a measure of faith. They suffer pain, and by their faith the Lord exercises grace and grants to them the strength to bear the pain and glorify Him.

      I am thankful that My Loving Lord does both. I am thankful even being in the second group. I only wish that I could remind others that this pain will pass... there will be none of this in Glory.

      Blessings to all.
    1. jayne's Avatar
      jayne -
      Beautiful, beautiful article.

      Again, I am going to share your testimony here with friends who need to hear it. I am praying for you today.
    1. reason2believehim's Avatar
      reason2believehim -
      Miepie, I am new on this particular messageboard and can not yet see your profile. But, thanks for sharing your testimony about pain. You're words have been an encouragement to me, as I know no one else who is or has gone through my situation. I appreciate your heartfelt willingness to be used by God.
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