“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)
For the past several months, I’ve been negotiating some pain. Every time I go for a run, I am left with aching pain in my right hip socket. Come to find out that my pelvic girdle has somehow shifted and my right hip is slightly out-of-place. So now I have to work in getting my pelvic girdle and that right hip back in alignment.
And so it is with our souls. God often uses pain to show us that something is out-of-place. Maybe it’s a long-standing issue that still needs work. Maybe it’s something that has recently gotten out of alignment in our perspective or internal world. Maybe it’s just good old-fashioned growing pain. But God uses pain.
Truth is, I hate pain. Internal or external, I hate pain. It messes everything up. It’s uncomfortable and debilitating, and it hurts!
But, as I work on my hip and sit though my pain, I am reminded that maybe it’s time to consider pain from a different vantage point. Maybe it’s time to consider pain as the beacon pointing to where I need to focus my efforts right now. Maybe it’s time to see pain as an ally to getting me to where I truly want to go.
Maybe it’s time to remember that God uses pain … because He loves us and doesn’t want us running our race with a limp.