Pain is an alert signal, pointing us to a problem in a specific area.
When I begin to try and make myself the Noun again, the Lord always reminds me of C.S. Lewis’s “The Problem of Pain” so I can shift my focus back to where it belongs.
In the midst of the pain, bring your emotions, your grief, your trauma, your concerns to him because he is faithful.
We all have those experiences, hurts, disappointments, pain, suffering, etc. that cause us to sometimes doubt the goodness of God. Those are the moments God is entrusting to us to continue to serve and love him well.
What do you do when God begins to press down on those areas that give us pain?
I’m not condoning selfishness, as it flies in the face of everything Jesus taught. Instead, I’m advocating for grace to be shown and self-assessments to be had. I want to encourage you to start by looking more meaningfully at your own behavior. From there, I wonder if that paradigm shift will lead each of us to see other people’s actions in a slightly different light.
Let’s be honest: life is hard. It’s easy to think that once you’ve accepted Christ all of your problems will