Pain isn’t the teacher anyone wants. Yet, it is the one many of us seem to learn from. Whether we like it or not, pain exposes us to the frailty of being human and finite. I have also found that it can be an opportunity to get to the root of deeper issues in the heart and mind. Sometimes, I find freedom in the pain.
I could wallow in the sorrows and hurt, but I don’t wish to stay in that place. I do not have to be a slave to the pains and aches of life. It doesn’t always have to color my life. As I endure pain, I have a choice. I can sit in silent suffering, or I can reach out to others for help, comfort, love, or support. Being in community has often helped me walkthrough difficult circumstances.
As I grow older, I find great freedom in being able to share the burden of my pain with people I love and trust. They allow me to be seen and heard. They don’t silver line my heartache or minimize my hurt. They listen, offer empathy, and ease the heaviness I carry. Where there is freedom in the pain, I find myself releasing it in ways that are healthy and that allow me to grow in grace and strength.
It doesn’t matter if the pain is physical, mental, or emotion. What matters is that I be fearless about sharing my heartaches. I find reprieve when I tell the truth about the pain and its impact on me. In a way, it gives me a different perspective. This helps me communicate what I need and how others can help me or pray for me. When there is freedom in the pain, I am not concerned with how I look. I’m concerned with my heart and soul being healed and made whole.
I’m learning to walk it out by faith. Some hurts take a while to overcome, and that’s okay. There is so much grace when I face the ache and allow those who love me to enter into my suffering. I don’t have to walk the road alone. When there is freedom in the pain, I find I can overcome one day and one step at a time.
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