Pain as a Spiritual Tool
For as long as I can remember the saying “No pain, no gain” has been part of my life. I didn’t believe it so I worked just hard enough to sweat, but no pain was allowed when I did physical exercise. I believed that you would get the same end-result, but it would just take a little longer my pain-free way. I didn’t relate pain to spiritual growth at all – until recently.
As a result of my recent bout with pain, I had a spiritual insight. My usual way of dealing with pain is to ignore it, in hopes it will go away. I was applying this method, when I realized that pushing away my pain, pushed God out of my life also. Isn’t that just weird? When I needed a strong connection to God the most, so I could have hope and see a bright future, I accidentally pushed God out of my life along with the pain.
Let me explain. When I pushed the pain aside mentally, I disconnected with the world a bit, which I thought until recently was a side effect I could live with. Turns out I feel at my weakest spiritually when I disconnect to the world – the place God created for us to live, work and play. So by disconnecting from the world at large, I was disconnecting from God. Once I had that insight, I brought the pain back to my attention and was one with it. Wasn’t fun as far as pain levels, but I enjoy life so much more. I was back to being Sunshine Walking instead of having my lights dimmed. I still have the pain, but it isn’t bothering me like it was before I reconnected. I guess I just having too much fun to notice.
So pain is a spiritual tool. I’m still working on this concept, so my thoughts are not fully developed on this spiritual principle. Here’s what I have come up with so far: If you go with the flow of pain and not fight it; pain can be used as tool for spiritual growth.
Am I making sense? Have you already discovered this principle? If you have, can you give me tips to fully understand this principle so I can grow spiritual?
Life is good! God is great! All is right in my world!
Illustrating How I Felt: