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pain and faith

Truth is, some days hurt.

Heartache and pain are real and it’s OK to feel them.  And it’s OK to recognize that some days are sad days. When the gospels talk about taking the narrow road, it is indeed the road less travelled.  There are more road blocks, more delays, more complications.  But it’s also slower, there’s flowers (like the kind that make you smile, not the kind formed in the shape of a smiley face), and it is indeed more beautiful than the interstate. . .most of the time. Sometimes the ruts in the road make it a bumpy ride, other times goats and cows are in your way and irritations, road blocks, detours, and the like make the narrow road seem too frustrating to continue.  Truth is, sometimes its hard. But God doesn’t preclude us from hard.  He actually pushes us toward it, and says, “This will make you stronger.  This will make you more like me.”  That doesn’t mean that it’s not going to hurt.  

When I run, the runs that make me faster, tend to be the ones that hurt the most.  These are the ones that make my legs and lungs feel like they are going to explode.  Through the pain, I know there’s a purpose-to be a better athlete.  To be faster, to be stronger, to be prepared for the race set in front of me. The same is true in life.  The pain shows you what you’re capable of handling.  It’s a refining of your personhood.  To make you better, wiser, and more prepared for the life set in front of you.  

Yesterday was a very sad day for me.  Tears came (and are still coming) readily and even now it is a challenge to remember how to breathe.  But breathe I must.  And just as I run by putting one foot in front of the other, over and over again, I will walk through this challenge putting one foot in front of the other, taking deep breaths, trying to find the sunshine and the flowers while walking the narrow path-all the while, finding comfort in the little things and in the knowledge that God is real and He is in a love relationship with me. A relationship that allows me to say, even in the storms of life, “it is well with my soul.”