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No Pain—No Comfort; Know Pain—Know Comfort

One summer, on my way to clean up after weeding, I yanked up a dead shrub. Suddenly, all of my limbs were stinging. To my horror, I saw yellow jackets glued to my legs. When they wouldn’t let go, I wondered if I was going to die!

By: Francisco Osorio

After that experience, I considered wearing winter ski garb when gardening. But our southern heat and humidity quickly changed my mind. I’d like a Teflon cream you could apply like sunscreen that would protect you from stinging bugs and poison ivy!

Early in my Christian walk, I thought mature faith worked like a Teflon coating. I figured hurts, disappointments, and insults would ping off sound faith. While God has provided spiritual armor for us, I no longer believe the Teflon Christian is biblical or desirable.

The Apostle Paul was not Teflon-coated. He felt the stings of life. He made sure the Corinthians knew the great pressures that caused him to despair even of life (2 Corinthians 1:8). “For I wrote you out of great distress and anguish of heart and with many tears” (2 Corinthians 2:4 NIV). He even cataloged many of his physical and emotional sufferings in 2 Corinthians 11:23-29.

Going through suffering is how he came to know “the Father of mercies and God of all comfort” (2 Cor. 1:3 NASB). Only those who acknowledge their hurts and weaknesses are able to receive comfort.

Mama died when I was a teenager. Our family never talked about how ill she was. Continue Reading

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Comment by Debbie W. Wilson on October 28, 2015 at 3:09pm

Thank you, Micki and Jen. Micki, you said it well, "Faith has been my comfort, but hasn't kept me from feeling pain." If out bodies didn't hurt when injured we'd worry about them. I wonder why we sometimes think our souls shouldn't hurt when injured.

Comment by Micki Vandeloo on October 28, 2015 at 11:16am

Debbie, what a beautiful, heartfelt post.  Being faithful doesn't keep us from suffering, but should make our sufferings easier to acknowledge and deal with.  Faith has been my comfort, but hasn't kept me from feeling pain.

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Comment by Jen McDonough "The Iron Jen" on October 28, 2015 at 6:19am

Beautiful post Debbie!!

Comment by Debbie W. Wilson on October 27, 2015 at 5:56pm

Thank you, Ann.

Comment by Ann Musico on October 27, 2015 at 3:32pm

I totally agree Debbie - you can't experience and appreciate comfort unless and until you honestly experience pain. It's not fun but it is part of life and whether we want to admit it or not, we all experience it. Whether we do so honestly, resting in God's peace to sustain us or pretend we have it all together and nothing bothers us truly makes all the difference. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with the death of your parents and how different each was.

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