Pain and Fear
Yesterday was the first morning I awakened not believing things would get better so when the pain started, I panicked. And it got really bad really fast. You see I’ve been dealing with intense, and at times excruciating, jaw pain for a week. I’m on meds, which they keep changing because nothing is working. And the pain is preventing my dentist from making the TMJ device that could really make a difference.
My reaction this morning made me realize the part fear is playing in this trial. I’ve been trusting God with the overall aspects of it, yet was fearful I couldn’t handle the worsening pain. Then He brought to mind some of my favorite verses:
…"Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior… (Isa 43:1-3 NIV)
I began reciting them slowly. It helped me relax and the pain started to subside.
This incident made me realize that each time the pain begins, I tense up. I know that’s normal but it just makes things worse. So I keep praying those verses and trying to relax my jaw when the spasms come. And it is helping. Praise Jesus. I awakened this morning hopeful and mostly at peace.
Maybe you’re dealing with pain. It could be physical or emotional. Start praying Isaiah 43:1-3 and trust the promise that our Heavenly Father won’t give us more than we can handle… as long as we rely on and rest in Him.
Just something I’m praying will carry me through this difficult season and beyond.