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Pain Can Be a Gift

By Breanna Echols

July 19, 2023

If you have followed my articles for a while, you have probably heard my opinion that perspective is everything. Well, I’d like to share my perspective on pain. If you think about it, when you have been hurt by someone, or when you go through difficult times, that pain can be such a blessing when you process it through the eyes of love.

I have recently come through some incredibly difficult seasons, and the more I go through, the more I am grateful for, because without experiencing some of the painful things I’ve experienced, I would never understand what other people have gone through. There are some things only pain and brokenness can teach you, and those are, true understanding, compassion, & empathy. When we are going through life and meet other people who have gone or are going through similar experiences, we are able to encourage, uplift, and truly let others know that they are not alone.

If you’ve never had a migraine, you might tend to think of it as just another headache, but those who suffer with migraines know that it is far more than that. Just the same as if you have never had to struggle to put food on the table. You will never truly understand how much a simple $50 can bless a family in need, until you yourself have walked through that.

The more I learn about my life, the more I see pain as an excellent teacher, but a horrible master. When you don’t process pain correctly, then you are subject to becoming bitter, resentful, angry, spiteful, manipulative, full of sorrow, lonely, etc. all because you haven’t properly dealt with the pain you’ve been through. If you think of pain, as a gift that opens your eyes to the suffering’s others go through, it positions you to be a light in a dark place.

Just like Jesus. If he never came down from his throne to be aware of our sufferings, he would never have had the compassion for us to cry out to the father on our behalf. “Father forgive them! They know not what they do!”

It wouldn’t have been enough for him to just come down, die on the cross, and rise again never having the experiences we have as humans. No, He is love itself, so he purposely put himself in our shoes, with all of our temptations and struggles, so that he could KNOW us. Truly understand, empathize, and cover us completely with compassionate grace.