As we continue this packing experience, our dogs continue to become more anxious. Their stress broke out into a squabble about food rights, and we thought they simply cut their muzzles. They remained aloof with each other, and we thought it was over.
Four days later, we discovered that our little dog not only had one of her lower canines ripped loose, she broke the front shelf of her lower jaw. For four days, as I was complaining about minor soreness and stiffness, she remained silent about a broken jaw that made eating extremely painful.
The doctors have wired her jaw back in place, and hopefully all will be well, but as I found out the extent of her injuries, I was humbled that I had complained at all.
On Wednesday, a family friend asked for prayers on Facebook. Her dad was killed in a car accident on his way to perform at the Country Music Awards Fest. As their family and friends grieve the pain of their loss, the pain of losing my dad eleven years ago reminded me that I have nothing to complain about.
Pain comes in many forms. Sometimes it is physical, as is our dog’s pain. Sometimes it is emotional, as the pain of loss. In every form, pain hurts. It grieves our bodies and it grieves our souls. In the gospel of Matthew, we read the words of Jesus, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
In the midst of every pain we can ever encounter sits a loving Savior who wants to take that pain for us. But before He can take it, we have to give it to Him.
Before He can do anything to alleviate the pain in my body, I have to trust Him and give it to Him. Before He can do anything for the pain in our souls, we have to trust Him and give it to Him. In the midst of our worst days and our greatest trials, He waits for us to remember that He cares. He waits for us to remember that he was beaten and nailed to a cross in our place. He waits for us to remember, that He waits to help us through.
While we find comfort that He bears our pain in this life, John reminds us in Revelation, “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”
Rejoice! He still bears our pains.
Maj. John Quinn is head of the Salvation Army in Kodiak. He writes a weekly column on religion for the Kodiak Daily Mirror. Past columns can be found online at www.kodiakdailymirror.com.