Giving Thanks During Pain

imageAround 2 weeks ago, I jacked up my knee.  Not sure how I did it….maybe while running or basketball, who knows.  I think it’s a MCL sprain or something.

It’s kept me from fully exercising and being mobile.  That’s tough for me.

The other night, I was elevating my knee and icing it.  After I was done, I went to move and my leg was completely frozen.  I literally couldn’t move my leg without excruciating pain.

I was so frustrated and worried about driving to work the next day, asking my wife to help me, never healing and a variety of other things.

As I laid on the couch, teeth clenched in pain, a thought came to me……”I need to stop thinking about my pain and give God thanks and praise amongst the pain.”  Wow.

So I did.  I thanked God for His many blessings.  I thanked God for teaching me to lean on Him.  I even thanked Him for the pain!  It felt kinda odd, but freeing.

Guess what?  I started to feel better.  I figured out how to hobble back to the room.  I felt peace.  God is good.

Now, please understand that this is not a normal thing for me.  My first reaction is usually spitting out a few cuss words and soaking in my own discomfort.

I learned that even amongst pain, no matter what that pain may be, God is there, always.  He’s always calling us to look up even during the darkest days…we just don’t always hear Him.

Somehow, I heard Him.  No magic potions, no perfect heart, no special words on my part, nothing….I just heard Him.  God’s funny that way….always showing up when we least expect Him to…teaching us to take the focus off ourselves.

Pretty awesome.

God Bless,