Post-from-the-past Friday: The Value of Pain

From December 2008


I’ve been thinking lately about the value of pain in our lives. I’ve noticed that very often our experiences are so vastly different from one another.

I think about my dad who lived with severe pain since his teen years when he was a POW in German prison camps and endured beatings, starvation, forced marches, and exposure in the frozen wilderness areas of Poland and Germany. His physical suffering over the years affected his mental and emotional health and it affected his relationships – primarily with his wife and children.

I know some people who have never really experienced long term pain. I’ve been thinking about the value of pain in our lives, from God’s point of view. I think about folks like Joni Erickson Tada who has suffered for decades and Corrie ten Boom whose sister and father died in pain and who also suffered much at the hands of the Nazis.

What is the value of pain in the eyes of God?

The world certainly sees no value in pain and does anything and everything to avoid it — at ALL costs and sometimes even to its own detriment! Job experienced physical and emotional pain and determined at the end that it allowed him to see God in a very real way that he never knew Him before.

I know that in my own life, it is very easy to try to rest in my own strength without pain. I feel like I can handle things on my own. When I’m struggling with pain, I find that even speaking cheerfully to my children is a labor and I cannot do it apart from the power of God; let alone being able to accomplish the tasks and responsibilities that are mine each day as a wife and mother.

I find walking in the joy of the Lord is not just a platitude, it becomes a lifeline for my mental health and walk of faith.

I guess God does His own special and unique works in each of our hearts and lives through the trials He chooses to bless each of us with. The one that God seems to have designed for me is the concept of Joy in the Lord. Over the past 10-15 years I have learned so much about walking in the joy of the Lord – but only see how sorely I fail and how dearly I need to understand and experience it more. But I have also seen that it IS the lifeline that keeps me connected to His Love and it is the strength of my faith.

When I lose my joy, I lose sight of God and I begin to flounder in the muck and mire of the circumstances around me. When I choose to walk in His joy, I feel that nothing else matters except for God and His love. And that begins to affect how I view and act toward all those around me; and it affects how I view and act toward God. So, Nehemiah wasn’t just whistling Dixie when he said, “the joy of the Lord is your strength”!

Now to go out and draw on HIS strength and power to allow me to do just that.


Linking to:
Marital Oneness, A Handful of Heart, The Better Mom, Multitudes on Monday, Hear it On Sunday, Sharing His Bounty, What Joy Is Mine, Domestically Divine Tuesdays, Time Warp Wife, Encourage One Another, Winsome Wednesday, Living Well Wednesdays, Raising Homemakers, Thankful Thursday, Thought Provoking Thursday, Proverbs 31 Thursdays, Hearts 4 Home, Big Family Fridays, Faith Filled Fridays

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10 Comments

  1. I loved your post and really appreciate your honesty. I have subscribed to your email link. Wendy xx

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    • Thanks so much, Wendy. I look forward to getting to know you through cyberspace!

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  2. Amazing post, be blessed.

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    • Thank you, Denise, for your dear comment. May the Lord bless you abundantly today.

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  3. I am so blessed to read this today, it means so much to me I am really struggling and need the joy back. THANK YOU!

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    • Praise the Lord for the blessing! Father, touch Tesha’s heart with your supernatural joy. Lift her heart to experience your fresh breath of sweet freedom.

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  4. Kate,
    So appreciated your thoughts and insights on this post. i needed to hear it today…..and so do many others. How we all wish a pain-free life, but God speaks most clearly and loudly to me in my pain. Why do we tend to rely on Him less in our times of blessing and times of being momentarily trial-free? Oh, the joy of looking forward to when our trials will be over, but meanwhile to remember He is perfecting us all, burning away the dross….and i must have alot of it! Ha. Thanks again for the richness of joy in your life as you walk through the pain in Him. Love, Cathy

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    • Cathy, oh how I miss you!!! I’m so glad you were blessed by this post. I think about David when he asked the Lord to give him neither great riches nor great poverty. When we are in either end of the spectrum it is easy for us to look to the circumstances and not trust in God. But how sweet when we break through and find our HOPE and JOY only in Him!

      Love you, dear!!

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  5. Kate, found you through our simple country life. Moving post! Thanks for sharing. Great blog as well. wisemommies

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    • Thanks so much for coming by. I checked out your blog…REALLY FUN!! I’ll be back to visit, for sure!

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