LIFE

A painful day

Boy, I don’t like days like today. Maybe I should say mornings like this morning.

pain

pain

I have had IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) since I was about three. In fact my earliest recollections are of doubling over in severe pain. It has never really gone away.There are periods I do well for a long time.There are other periods where it it can get pretty rough. I will have sporadic flare-ups for months on end. This is one of those “months-on-end times”.

I have never been able to figure out what triggers an episode.Once an episode is over, my gut feels like someone has been punching it for days.There have been periods where I can only eat baby food until the episode eases.

ibs diet

ibs diet

Ordinarily when I’m on vacation, I don’t experience any episodes but this last trip I had some bad days as well.

ibs diet

ibs diet

But God is always there in my pain with me. Today, He gave me the strength I needed to handle the responsibilities that were on my agenda. My mom needed a new washer and stove. I was able to do that plus take her out for coffee.  By this evening, I was feeling pretty crummy again.

I don’t like pain. Especially pain that practically makes me pass out. But in my case, I know my pain will eventually subside. Not everyone’s does. It’s my opportunity to remember others who suffer. It’s so easy when I’m not having pain to forget about the pain of others. It’s also easy to take the times I do enjoy good health for granted.

So while I would just as soon have detoured around this morning, alas, I couldn’t. But the whole point here is that God is good no matter what I’m going through. He meets me in my pain and holds onto me until it abates.

I pray if pain has you in it’s grip tonight that you will find relief in God’s comfort.

God bless and I hope you have a good evening.

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