An excerpt from my upcoming book due in Spring 2017.
So many things in the western society today revolve around our personal comfort. Whether it is from the type of mattress we have, to the speed at which we have our dinner, to the temperature at which we set our thermostat in our homes. Whenever we feel any type of pain, we try not to feel it anymore. If we have a headache, we take medication to make the pain go away. If we have a rough day at work, we sit in front of the TV and lose ourselves in the lives of meaningless characters, trying to forget the problems of our own. There are countless of other examples of us trying to do away with pain. Sometimes it is best for us to be numb (surgery perhaps), but I think sometimes pain is good. God allows situations to happen that cause us pain. I am not saying that God wants to hurt us or make us suffer for sheer enjoyment. I think going through pain, whether physical or emotional, God draws us closer to himself. Being close to God should be the ultimate goal in life. Through our pain, God is transforming us to His Son’s likeness. One of my favorite quotes comes from a song by Brooke Fraser, “My comfort would prefer for me to be numb and avoid the impending birth of who I was born to become.” We try to numb the pain, but we are meant to feel, live, and experience every part of life. I also love C.S. Lewis’ quote about pain, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: It is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” So take a good look at your life and try to see where you need to numb your pain, or where you need to embrace it and run to God. He might be shouting at you!