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Good Painful Reminders Happen During Days with Illness

Posted Jan 20 2013 10:00am

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Are certain memories painful reminders of difficult times? Vicki shares.

“It was good for me to be afflicted so that I might learn your decrees.” (Psalm 119:71)

How can painful reminders be good? They usually assault us when we least expect them. Agonizing memories which sabotage peaceful emotions soon after a loss. Like the first time an empty dinner table chair cries out for it owner after your youngest gets married. The first time you walk by Father’s Day cards after your dad dies. The first time you enter your home without an explosion of love from your pet.

Years ago, multiple sclerosis snatched away my ability to teach second graders. I filled my days with new activities. My new “job” involved taking care of my body. So, water walking topped the list of priorities.

While driving to the gym one day, worship music on the radio matched my mood. Songs of gratitude and relief filled my heart. This next chapter in my life would provide times for me to write, visit my mother, and take pictures of God’s creation.

As I sat at an intersection waiting for the light to turn green, a yellow school bus passed by. That huge reminder of teaching young children slammed me right in the pit of my stomach. And severed my joy. It was a painful symbol of my recent loss.

So, how can I say painful reminders are good? Here’s how I’ve learned to celebrate them.

  • My fatigue reminds me of Christ’s promises to give me strength. When I’m weak, He is strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
  • My constant pain reminds me of the pain He willingly suffered for me. He’s acquainted with my suffering. He knows what it’s like to be tempted to lash out in anger and frustration. (Hebrews 4:15)
  • My uncertain vision reminds me not to fear. He’s promised He will never leave me nor forsake me. (Hebrews 13:5 and Deuteronomy 31:6)
  • My seemingly useless body reminds me of Christ’s response to those who asked why a man was born blind. The disability “happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:1-3)

Prayer: Lord Jesus, When I’m greeted by pain first thing in the morning, help me remember You. As I weaken through my day, help me remember You. When I start to fear, remember You. When thoughts of uselessness creep into my heart, help me remember You. Thank Your for constant reminders of You. Amen.

About the Author Vicki understands special needs as a patient, parent, and professor. She has had multiple sclerosis since 1993. Her 31 year old son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. She’s taught special education as a teacher, administrator, and adjunct professor. Through her online community she reaches out to other parents of children with special needs.

What painful reminders have you experienced? How do your symptoms remind you of Christ?

Kutlass sings “Even If” in this music video. It speaks of the times when we feel like we have nothing left to hold onto and we must cling to who God says He is. Touching. -Lisa

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