We are told to receive everything that life sends with grace, but this is hard to do when what we receive hurts.
As much as I hate pain, I have yet to experience it without growth. It’s hard to admit, but it’s true. With new eyes, we can begin to view pain differently. This is one of the things that happens with God. We begin to realize that not everything means what we think it does. Many times, there are other pieces at play.
With God, we can begin to see pain as a vehicle to a higher self and more than that, we can begin to see it as an invitation for joy.
I remember my long walks home on the busy streets of New York completely discouraged by work. I remember wondering what I was going to do with my life. I experienced a series of uncomfortable moments during those years. It was kind of terrible. But so many of those restless walks brought clarity and courage for the stages that followed. The pain I experienced eventually led to maturity, appreciation, and conviction in what I wanted to feel in the future and what feelings I wanted to leave behind.
Don’t take pain personally. Pain is something we must experience in life. But you don’t have to stay stuck there. It doesn’t have to become part of your story.
With new eyes, we can begin to see pain as a gateway for appreciation and joy. And with God, we can begin to let go of pain so it doesn’t stay longer than it has to.