Monday, September 16, 2013

Healing Hurt

A few months ago I developed a painful case of tennis elbow.  Don't let the diagnosis fool you into thinking I play tennis.  I don't know exactly what precipitated the injury, but I know it became so painful I sought the advice of a orthopedic surgeon.

As is the usual with this particular physician, he outlined all the possible treatment paths, then recommended what he would do if it were him.  I agreed with him and decided to let him inject my elbow with a steroid injection.

If I had to summarize the experience in two words they would be "Ouch. . .Wow!"  The steroid shot was  somewhat painful during the injection, but within a few hours it was extremely painful. Extremely painful. It continued to throb and ache all during the night, and of course, it was a night I was scheduled to work.

By the next evening the pain of the injection was gone, but also gone was the pain of the injury.  It was like a miracle.  There had been so much pain before that even sleeping had become difficult.  Now I couldn't tell I had a problem, unless I picked something heavy up in the wrong way.

The hurt of the shot brought healing.    The "ouch" brought the "Wow!"

Sometimes the Lord allows painful things in our lives because He knows He can use those to work out the very best in us.  Sometimes that pain results in a healing, a growth, a knowledge of Him we could have known in no other way.  Our choice in the times of those painful, difficult moments is to choose that His heart is work out all things for our good. 

 We can trust Him every moment of every day of our life.  

Romans 8:28,29
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, 
to them who are the called according to His purpose.  
For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed 
to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren."

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