I absolutely know how many of you feel. You may think that because my focus is posting recipes and encouraging messages about how well my migraine diet has worked that I don’t still experience migraines. Sometimes some of them are still pretty bad. The past couple of weeks have been particularly challenging for me. Many things besides foods still trigger my pain. Many of them I cannot control. That is why I am so glad that I am able to control my diet, which has reduced the severity of most of my migraines. However, there isn’t much else I can do that really makes the pain go away. Many of you experience exactly the same thing. We’ve been to many doctors and tried many treatments to no avail.
I’m writing this post in the midst of much pain, because I want to testify for you how I make it through. This pain (and the dizziness, nausea, fatigue, and the superpowers of severe sensitivity to sounds, smells, lights, touch, and some tastes) bring me to a point of utter helplessness – in myself. The fact that there isn’t much that I can do to relieve the pain is very humbling. This is exactly where God wants us to be so that we realize that we need something bigger than ourselves. Sometimes, I feel that I need a parent’s lap to crawl into like I did when I was a child. I need that lap and the enfolding arms to just make it all better. This is what God provides through faith in Jesus Christ. He just wants us to accept this gift He offers.
God absolutely knows how we feel. He does not take delight in our physical or emotional pain, but He does use it for something good. He promises that He will do this. It’s just that His definition of good is very often different from our definition of good. This is similar to a child who might think that eating 30 cookies would be good for him, but the parent knows better. I’ve wondered what good could possibly come from feeling so much physical pain. While I now trust that I don’t need to know, it is still helpful to me to reflect on how I have seen Him work and consider what He might still have in store. I admit that this reflection is probably not something that I would have done if I wasn’t going through this trial. He knows that, so He allowed the trial. Awareness of God’s care and His promises to do so in the future is what helps me persevere.
Here are some of the ways that I have seen good come from this trial. There are probably 10,000 other good things of which I am unaware.
- My pain helps me to understand the pain of others. If I wasn’t going through it myself, my testimony above would be harder for you to accept. Also, the depth of pain and the relative relief I have found through diet changes is what inspired me to start this blog with the hope that something might be helpful to others.
- Feeling so physically awful has caused me to think about death and trusting God to care for my family whenever my day comes. I’m learning to accept that I can’t hold onto my kids forever. I have loved being with them so much that I didn’t think that I could bear to let them become independent. However, as I have become less able to do things, I am learning to be glad that they are increasingly able to do so.
- These physical ailments are like little tastes of Hell that make me appreciate that I will some day go to Heaven instead. I absolutely know this because of my faith in Jesus Christ. The suffering makes me increasingly aware of the value of Christ’s sacrifice which is exactly what God wants me to focus on. The glorified body that I will have for all eternity far outweighs the painful body that I have now. I can wait for this comparatively short time to experience what is yet to come.