Enduring Pain Purifies Faith


So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire as tests and purifies gold–though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT

Three days of migraine. Three days of pushing through an immense amount of work after three weeks off in an unexplainable amount of fog.

Yesterday was bearable as I recognized the signs as soon as I got out of bed and took my prescription medicine. 

Today? 

Well, if I were to type the schedule of things that made my day stressful today, you would totally understand why my migraine was slipping back in by third hour and was in full force by about one. No catastrophes, but each little thing built upon the little thing before it to make my day more than migraine worthy.

On top of all my own drama, it seemed like every time I turned around someone needed something from me. Help with something, encouragement, an answer to a question, a recommendation, a ride home, to go over a report, something.

It would have been so easy to tell everyone to leave me alone today. To plead pain and beg off of whatever task needed addressed.

But the truth is, I couldn’t leave someone else having the same “little things building up” that had put me in the position I was in today. So, while pinching the bridge of my nose between my thumb and forefinger, I pressed on.

I probably wasn’t as friendly as I usually try to be, but I managed to get needs met today. I didn’t get everything done I wanted to, or even needed, but I can honestly say I put people first.

Sometimes, even in the midst of our pain, we can endure. 

Tonight as I have rested in a dark room I have been pondering why I pushed through. Why didn’t I just come home? 

All of those things, were little, even the helpful things I did, and all of them added to my pain level. Why didn’t I call it quits for the day?

Because the trials purify and prove my faith. 

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10 comments

  • hang in there, my dear. I hope you feel better soon. Remember to take care of yourself.

    • Thanks for dropping in with some encouragement! I did read this at the time, but with semester end, I’ve been buried under in grading. Luckily I’m feeling human again and am almost caught up!

  • Hi, Alana from the UBC. My mother in law is being tested by her third cancer (the first one in many years but she is now in her 80’s). My husband and I went down (we live 150 miles away) last weekend to care for her after surgery. As we were getting ready to leave, she apologized. For what? She is not weakened by needing help. She has spent her entire life caring for others. She still cares for a son who is developmentally disabled. One day you may find out you can’t get through the day. Please do not be hard on yourself when that day comes. There will be a reason for that, too.

    • Alana, I’ve read a few of your posts on this trial in your family’s lives and have been lifting you all up in prayer. I am continually amazed by the “older” people I know who are on their second and third rounds with cancer who are strong beyond all comprehension. Praying for your mother-in-law and all caregivers.

  • Sending some healing energy your way, Carrie Ann, and hoping tomorrow is better!

    • Anna~Thank you for dropping by with encouragement! I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to respond. A migraine and end of semester grading have kept me away from chatting online. Please do come back again!

  • I alway think we learn more from the hard/difficult times, than te good/successful…

  • While I do somewhat agree that trials and pain can prove or test faith, I also firmly believe that G-d wants us to be happy, in less pain, and living easier. We don’t need to prove anything to G-d, because the universe knows us intimately. http://pilatesandreiki.com/full-moon-craziness/

    • Lynda, Sorry it’s taken me so long to respond! End of semester grading has me working more than writing and responding. Trials and pain have been a part of life throughout history. Typically we bring all of it on to ourselves by our choices. I can also make the choice to honor God as I walk through the hard times that I find myself in. I most definitely don’t go looking for them, though! 🙂