Saturday, September 25, 2010

Pain

Pain. We all go through it at some point or another. Different people react to it differently. I know there has been a LOT of pain in my life, even recently. Emotional pain has usually always got the best and worst of me, Ecclesiastes 7:2 tells us that "we can learn more at a funeral than at a feast" (The Message). Although this seems harsh, it is very true. God gives us painful times (check Ecclesiastes 3, there is a time for everything!). Some people chose to cry out their pain, some get violent and some self-injure or cut. Some also keep it in, and that's what I have done for most of my life. Although I really want to cry it out (or somehow let my pain out) I have gone that way. A prime example of this was 3 years ago, June 2007. My Grandmother passed and due to her illness I knew it was inevitable, I was pretty upset, stunned actually. I could not react at all. One of my cousins on the other hand, pounded walls and maybe even the coffin (I cannot remember) in angry sorrow. Verse 3 mentions that "crying is better than laughing" and I see elements of truth in it because pain teaches us lessons: how do deal with pain in a healthy manner and strengthens us in the long run when more comes in life.