Friday’s Muse on Pain and Psalm 38

I’ve been on quite a journey these past 10 months. Ten months of leg and back pain. I can’t believe it’s come to this. I slipped on an over-turned door mat in Boyd Hall at Auburn University May 6, 2016. A week later, Friday the 13th, I went to a chiropractor who fixed soreness in my upper back, but has done significant damage to my lower back and legs.
 
So much has changed in my world in this difficult time. My “best friend,” has abandoned me. Others have come into my life–church family–to replace others who have wandered away. I can’t say that’s all bad, either. If your best friend can’t stick with you in hard times, then who needs them, right?
 
My parents have helped me weather the storm. My eldest daughter has been a daily support. Church friends like Gerry, Jamie, Gordon, Gary, Harold, Cindy, Kelli, Lisa, Matt, Eric and Laura, and Kim and Ken, they have pulled me closer to God’s love in a way I’ve not ever known. 
 
Yesterday, I was walking my dog, Maycee. A man saw her, smiled and said, “Life sure can be hard. But you look at a creature like that and the love they have toward you, and well, you just know that somehow it’s all going to work out.” 
 
My dog is important, but so is my God. 
 
I’m studying what the Bible says about pain. The past 10 months I’ve encountered a lot of pain, and now I feel called to talk about it. 
 
It’s easy to forget about those who are in pain. In our crazy world, who wants to talk to someone day in and day out who is in pain, right? God does.
Aren’t we all in pain? It may be financial, physical, emotional, mental–it doesn’t matter–it all hurts. And it all affects us in many ways. I feel sorry for my friends who have walked away during this trial. In their pride, they are of the mind that they are stronger than God in healing their own pains.  
 
I pray daily for their relief. I ask you to pray for my own. I shall pray for yours, too. Because you can’t tell me you don’t know what pain is. It may not be the same kind I endure every minute of the day in my legs or back, but I know you’re hurting. We’re human. 
How are you dealing with pain? I found this passage in Psalm 38 recently. Hits the nail on the head–from more than 2,000 years ago. Wow.
Let me share with you Psalm 38:
My back is filled with searing pain; there is no health in my body.8 I am feeble and utterly crushed; I groan in anguish of heart. 9 All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you.10 My heart pounds, my strength fails me; even the light has gone from my eyes.11 My friends and companions avoid me because of my wounds; my neighbors stay far away.12 Those who seek my life set their traps, those who would harm me talk of my ruin; all day long they plot deception. 13 I am like a deaf man, who cannot hear, like a mute, who cannot open his mouth;14 I have become like a man who does not hear, whose mouth can offer no reply.15 I wait for you, O LORD; you will answer, O Lord my God.16 For I said, “Do not let them gloat or exalt themselves over me when my foot slips.” 17 For I am about to fall, and my pain is ever with me.18 I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.19 Many are those who are my vigorous enemies; those who hate me without reason are numerous.20 Those who repay my good with evil slander me when I pursue what is good. 21 O LORD, do not forsake me; be not far from me, O my God.22 Come quickly to help me, O Lord my Savior.
God bless you. May it be a good weekend.

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