Pain and Perseverance

20140408_183340 (2)Today I visited a new Physical Therapist. My doctor had told me that this guy loves what he does and that he was good at it. Since I have been to physical therapy before and it did not work I was a little skeptical but then also a tiny bit optimistic because I was told he specializes in helping people get mobile again who are very difficult cases.

He seemed very nice and at the beginning he did some bending around on my legs and then he warned me that what he was going to do next was going to hurt. A few minutes later I found myself clenching my teeth and thinking maybe I had made a mistake by coming here, he wasn’t kidding THIS HURT BAD!  When he was finished ‘torturing’ me He said, “okay now get up, walk around the room and tell me how you feel.”  When I got up and started walking suddenly I noticed my knees were bending! And they actually felt better! They were not perfect but overall my legs felt much much better than they have felt in months. We did a few more painful exercises and then as I was leaving I happily made another appointment for this coming Thursday.

Can you imagine?… I actually wanted to come back after all the pain he had just put me through!

I realized that what we did today though it was a whole lot of pain, when the pain was over I felt a whole lot better and I want to get better and eventually this will help me to stay better. If I had not persevered through the pain I would not have gotten to feel the wonderful outcome.

Though today what I was feeling was physical pain this whole ordeal with my knees has been a lot of mental pain for me also.  I was beginning to feel defeated and like I was never ever going to get better. This knee stuff has been going on for months and getting worse and worse.

Today I walked into the gym feeling pretty weak and down but I walked out feeling stronger and very hopeful. Now several hours later a lot of the pain and stiffness is back but I still feel very optimistic about my future as far as walking correctly and without severe pain again someday.

Today I learned that no matter how bad pain may seem if we keep pushing through it in the end we will feel better.  I am not sure that the pain will ever completely go away, but just pushing through it is a huge start and I now see a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel.

I also know that I am stronger now because of it and each time I go back I will continue to grow even more stronger. If I hadn’t pushed through would have never got to see prize at the end.  Had I given up I would have left feeling the way I went in and I would have missed the joy.

If you are going through pain today, remember there is always hope. Even if it seems way bigger than you can handle remember nothing is too big for God. So give whatever it is to him and don’t ever give up!

Thank you for reading,

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James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (NIV)

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6 thoughts on “Pain and Perseverance

  1. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus says:

    Hi T I’m sorry to hear you have suffered so much pain, have you tried God’s Balm yet ? I understand what you are going through although not exactly how much pain you are suffering but it sounds bad.

    I too live with Pain and have for many years, although do have a lot of relief when I use God’s Balm. He has healed me of much more than one life threatening and disabling condition but someone asked me why doesn’t He heal me of everything that is wrong with me but sickness and death are part of a fallen world and we all experience them at some time in our life, for God to stop all suffering and evil in the world, He would have to stop the world but He is patient giving His Children time to repent but soon we will know nothing but Joy and all evil will be gone.

    God knows how much we can endure and He strengthens us when needed and also when Satan puts us to the test and we suffer trials and Temptations or when we are faithful in doing God’s good works and we suffer or when we stand up for God’s Truth and we are rejected, persecuted, ignored or even killed.

    We don’t give thanks for the suffering, but we do give thanks because we know God is with us as we go through it and that He works everything for good in our lives and as we Trust in Him we increase in the Fruit of the Spirit especially Patience which gives us stability, what Satan means for evil God uses for good.

    I spent a lot of yesterday in Hospital after having extreme pain most of the night, I don’t suffer Migraines but my head was pounding and I could not stop vomiting, and I was also very stressed. they think I had a bug. Later as I was waiting to be picked up and feeling much better although very tired after not much sleep and with Doctors and Nurses asking many questions as they examined me. I started talking to a man who was also waiting for a lift, he had just found out he had Cancer and 3 months before they had diagnosed his wife Anne with Cancer too. I could tell he was frightened but trying to be strong.

    I shared with him about my friend Joy who lived after Doctors said she only had a few months left because her Cancer was so advanced, and that she was still alive after 3 years and how my suspected breast Cancer had disappeared too after I had prayed that I was ready to go to Heaven if that was what God wanted.

    Graham said someone was praying for them where they use to live, I could tell that he was not a Christian at least not yet but that he was searching for answers, I reassured him that God tells us He does not afflict us willingly and that He Loves us all greatly and I also said I would pray for both of them too, but of course I have since prayed not just for their Cancer to be healed, by than our lifts had arrived.

    What Satan had meant for evil God used for good, I never doubt God’s goodness and Love towards us because I believe what He tells us in the Bible and if needed I remind myself of the Scriptures below and others that give me this reassurance when I’m facing trials and Temptations.

    Lamentations 3: 33 For God doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.

    Isaiah 43:1-3 – Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Saviour.”

    Christian Love in our Unity with Jesus – Anne

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    • T says:

      Hi Anne, I am sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I saw your comment from my phone the day you commented but it was very late at night, I was half asleep and I thought I would answer you in the morning. By time I woke up I completely forgot about it! Today scrolling through posts I happened to notice this and was shocked I had forgotten. Now it has been a week so a lot has happened since this post. now I have seen the physical therapist 3 more times and I feel so very much better! He has me walking so much better. The pain is still there but since my muscles are strengthening I am feeling a huge difference.
      About your visit to the Hospital, I hope your feeling better still and find it awesome that even though you were sick you still took time to share Jesus and to comfort that man. You have planted a seed and shown him by sharing your own experience that there is hope. We all need hope, and without Jesus there is no hope so glad you shared with him.
      Thank you for sharing and for your encouragement.

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  2. Freedomborn ... Aussie Christian Focus says:

    That’s OK T, after our Blogging together for a few years, I know you will reply sooner or latter but I was worried about you and was praying you would not suffer too much, so pleased you feel better but don’t forget to try God’s Balm , sorry T you may not have even heard of it , I will leave you the link, Take Care, I’m praying for you.

    God’s Balm- http://freedomborn.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/a-special-gift-for-you/

    Blessings for Easter and always – Anne

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