Given that moving my diaphragm hurts me, I am not talking out loud much these days, but there is a lot of conversation going on with me, myself, and I. And, more and more I am learning that self-talk is pretty important.
So, I am trying to manage my self-talk right now through this suffering.
Conversation Point #1 – God allows good people to suffer. One could be kind, inclusive, try to do everything right, but still, have bad things happen over and over again. I know so many of these good people. And, that isn’t because those suffering are less important to Him. If Bible verses are misconstrued to cast the blame on those suffering it’s both unbiblical and hurtful.
Conversation Point #2 – God loves me and never promised a pain-free life and those are not mutually exclusive. So even when I’m sad, angry, in pain, and don’t understand why this is happening to me, I can continue to trust God and know he loves me.
Conversation Point #3 – God’s plan is bigger and better than mine. Even if sometimes my plan sounds pretty good haha
Here are some verses in the Bible that bring me peace.
“The pain you have been feeling can’t compare to the joy that is coming” – Romans 8:18
“You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” John 13:7
“When you go through deep waters, I will be with you” Isaiah 43:2