An Encouraging Message to Those Living in Pain

Ever since I was a kid, I have struggled with severe migraines, sometimes accompanied by stomach aches. I can remember taking over-the-counter medication several times a month while I was in middle school to relieve myself of the symptoms. In high school, it turned into several taking them several times a week. Now, in my twenties, my migraines sometimes last non-stop for weeks on end - oftentimes becoming debilitating. And no OTC medicines work. Sometimes, my pain becomes unbearable. That's when I lie in my bed, cry an pray, and wonder why I am dealing with so much pain on such a regular basis. I have tried many different treatments, diets, and supplements, but I have yet to find something that relieves me of these debilitating headaches.

I am not writing this to gain sympathy. Far from it actually. Rather, I want to encourage those who are struggling with the same things that I am. I truly understand living in pain, and have for most of my life.

But through it, I have learned about God. I have learned that He never leaves me. I have learned that He gets me through some very hard things, and I've learned that He has a reason for everything, even if we may not like it.

Here are some truths I have been clinging to and learning through all the pain I have been experiencing recently:

1. God did not cause pain