I’ve heard some ladies say something like “Labor pain is hard, but it’s worth it because there is a purpose to that pain. It’s the only pain with a purpose.”
But I think that every pain can have a purpose. After all, the Bible says,
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.” Romans 8:28-29
God sometimes allows pain in our lives to teach us to depend on Him. I’ve noticed that when I am sick or have a health problem that is unresolved or just diagnosed, I understand a little more what it means for God to be my only hope in this world. So many times I depend on myself or someone else, but really, my only true Rock is Jesus Christ.
We can learn much from pain – physical or otherwise – and it can help us to be conformed to the image of Christ.
Isn’t the Lord good to make even the hard things turn out for our eternal good? He’s amazing!
And the awesome thing is that if our lives were beds of roses with no thorns, we’d have very little reward. But when we come out of a trial and look back, even if it waits till Heaven to do so, we can see all the good He has done in those hard and even horrible situations.
I will close with one of my favorite songs.
Am I a soldier of the cross,
A follower of the Lamb,
And shall I fear to own His cause,
Or blush to speak His name?
Must I be carried to the skies
On flowery beds of ease,
While others fought to win the prize,
And sailed through bloody seas?
Are there no foes for me to face?
Must I not stem the flood?
Is this vile world a friend to grace,
To help me on to God?
Sure I must fight if I would reign;
Increase my courage, Lord.
I’ll bear the toil, endure the pain,
Supported by Thy Word.
Thy saints in all this glorious war
Shall conquer, though they die;
They see the triumph from afar,
By faith’s discerning eye.
When that illustrious day shall rise,
And all Thy armies shine
In robes of victory through the skies,
The glory shall be Thine.