My oldest daughter has a low pain tolerance. Once, when she was in grade school, she was stabbed in the hand with a freshly sharpened pencil. It became infected immediately and was causing her great pain. When I tried to look at it, her fear of me increasing her pain level was so great that she couldn’t even allow me to even look.
I have know many people who have endured great pain and have even endured great pain myself. Pain can cause great fear and is difficult to endure. So why did the Lord include it as a part of life? I submit the following reasons in answer to this question:
- Pain is a warning of danger. The Lord has provided amazing healing powers that are built in to our bodies, yet not all healing is automatic. Sometimes your healing will require assistance beyond what is built into your body. For example, if you break a bone it may need a splint, or cast, or even surgery and screws to hold the bone in place. Failure to address the issue will cause extenuated limitations, even to the point of death.
- Pain demands attention. It needs to grab your attention, which is does quite well. It doesn’t matter what you are involved with, when pain announces itself it cannot be ignored. It gives the situation an importance that it demands.
- Pain is a demonstration of love. One of the things about love is that it does what is best, not what is easiest or the most enjoyable. God’s love for us mandates that He provide the means to insist on our care for our bodies as it is the temple of God. He wants the best for us and is more intent in our completion according to His standards, than He is on our own success rate.
- Pain is trans-formative in that it makes us mold-able. It breaks down our resistance to change and cause us to become willing to move in a given direction. People who endure great pain often say, I have no choice. You become pliable like plastic that is forced into a mold. It causes us to go where we would not go and become what we would not become
- Pain is a teacher. Consequence is a great instructor and guide. Often we hear with our ears but not our hearts. Instructions have to find a lodging in our hearts in order for us to learn. When we suffer the consequences of our actions we learn its importance.
- Pain helps the memory. Because pain is so repulsive, we will take great care to avoid it when possible.
- Pain highlights the importance of the details. Often we tend to major on the big things and to minimize the minor details. Greatness is in the minutia, or the seemingly unimportant details. The major things are obvious but the minutia is essential.
Wisdom speaks and says that it is good to make friends with pain. You will not enjoy pain but you can be benefited by it. Pain is for our good.