Like potatoes in a pressure cooker, we twenty-first-century creatures understand the meaning of stress. A week doesn’t pass without a few skirmishes that beat up on our fragile frames. They may be as mild as making lunches for our kids before 7:30 in the morning (mild?) or as severe as a collision with another car… or another person. Makes no difference. The result is “Pain.” You know, the bottom-line reason Valium remains the top seller.
The late Joe Bayly, insightful Christian writer and columnist, certainly understood pain. He and his wife lost three of their children: one at eighteen days (after surgery); another at five years (Leukemia); a third at eighteen years (Sledding accident plus hemophilia). In my wildest imagination, I would not have known the depth of their loss, till last week, when my wife and I lost our nineteen years old son to asthma. In the backwash of such deep pain, Joe and his wife stood strong, sometimes weak, as they watched God place a period before the end of the sentence on three of their Children’s Lives. In addition, their anguish was not relieved when well-meaning people offered shallow, simple answers amidst their grief.
H. L. Mencken must have had such situations in mind when he wrote: “There’s always an easy solution to every human problem-neat, plausible, and wrong.”
Eyes that read these words might very well be near tears. You are trying to cope without hope, and there’s no relief on the horizon. You’re bleeding and you’ve run out of bandages. You have moved from mild tension to advanced pain.
Listen carefully! As my wife and I went, and going through the above, we came to realize That Jesus Christ opens the gate, gently looks at us, and says: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are…overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ease and relieve and refresh your souls]”(Matt.11:28, Amplified).
Nothing complicated. No big fanfare, no trip to Mecca, no hypnotic trance, no fee, no special password. Just come. Meaning? Unload. Unhook the pack and drop it in His lap…now. Does He know what pain is? Remember, He’s the One whose sweat became like drops of blood in the agony of Gethsemane. If anybody understands pain, He does, completely.
He’s a Master at turning devastation into restoration. His provision is profound, attainable, and right.
Allow Him to take your pain as you take His rest.
- Invisible (hibernationnow.wordpress.com)
- Visceral Pain (Organ Pain) vs Parietal Pain, Somatic Pain, Causes (healthhype.com)
- 5 Easy Ways to Beat Back Pain (fitsugar.com)
- Pain During Ovulation? (everydayhealth.com)