Pain is something that each of us inevitably feels in our lives.
Maybe it's overwhelming grief from an unexpected loss, or rejection that stings, or maybe the pain from harsh and unkind words. Maybe it's the pain of a betrayal or a heartbreak that makes you wonder if it's possible to go on. Maybe it's even a chronic physical pain that wears you down every day.
Whatever the pain is, we have all felt it. We live in a fallen world where pain is a part of every day life.
But pain hurts. And even if we don't want to admit it, it can be easy to put up guards around our hearts to avoid pain at all costs. Instead of letting ourselves feel the pain, we mask it.
Sadness turns into bitterness. Pain turns into anger.
And when we do not allow ourselves to feel pain, we prevent ourselves from healing properly.
Here's the thing about anger: Anger convinces us that if we are just angry over what happened to us, then we don't have to feel the full blow of the pain. Angrily arguing with someone who hurt you or treating them badly in return, is oftentimes a whole lot easier than saying, "Hey, you really hurt me."
And the thing that anger doesn't tell you? It doesn't take away the pain, it just buries it inside a prison that prevents the true healing you desperately need.
I know it's hard. I know it's hard to fully feel that pain you're carrying in your heart and I know it's hard to embrace something that hurts so much.
But you never have to feel that pain on your own.
"The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit." (Psalm 34:18)
"You number my wanderings; put my tears into Your bottle; are they not in Your book?" (Psalm 56:8)
If you are brave enough to feel that pain, you will find that He is holding you and bringing the healing that you truly need.
When life hurts, instead of becoming bitter or angry and running away from the pain, embrace it, so that He can embrace you right there in the midst of all of it.