Learning From Pain

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10

“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks to us in our consciences, but shouts in our pain”                                       C.S. Lewis

When do we learn? We learn when we are in pain. When we have come to the end of our own understanding and accept our inability to save ourselves. Such acceptance is a critical part of recovery thinking. It is also foundational in all learning, I think. Until we realize that we are not truly in charge of all that we want to control, we falsely believe that we can effect all the changes that we need.

If we have learned anything in 2020, it is that there are things that we cannot control. We can get angry about that (we have); we can try to control everything else in our lives, we can lash out and blame others, or we can accept that there is a spiritual solution for every problem. That is, if we know our place in the cosmos, we can thrive even during painful times.

God has given us tools to solve problems. Most recently, vaccines are coming on line to deal with the scourge of the novel Coronavirus. However, medical solutions are not the point of the learning. It is that we need to understand the things we can control, and the things we cannot control.

Our changed attitude about dealing with the Coronavirus is what we must learn. That our responses have missed the mark in many ways. That given an opportunity to sacrifice for the well-being of society, we came up short.

Yet, we learn, we survive, and we see that when we are not in control, God is. Never miss an opportunity to learn from pain. If we do not learn strong lessons from this 2020 suffering, that would be the real loss

Prayer: Father, help us to remember that you are in charge, and that you are the solution we seek, Amen

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