Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Word Up Wednesdays: All Pain Ain't Bad

"In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me. From the depths of the grave I called for help and you listened to my cry." - Jonah 2:2

All pro dad spokesperson, NBC football analyst and former coach of the Indianapolis Colts Tony Dungy has a son who can't feel pain. Jordan has a rare congenital disorder that allows him to feel things but not the sensation of pain. Without the ability to feel pain, he doesn't know if the water is too hot before he steps into a shower, if he is getting a blister from new shoes that aren't fitting properly, or if he has a headache or abdominal pain that needs attention. Pain serves as a warning signal for us. It let's us know that something isn't right and we need to make a change immediately before we do further harm to our bodies. If we are healthy and normal, we don't like pain but pain is actually a great blessing to us. Even spiritually pain can cause us to stop offending behavior, change bad attitudes and draw closer to God.

Lord, let us always remember that we can call upon You when we are in pain. If pain causes us to seek You, it is working together for our good and not for evil. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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