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.
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.