Asking Why to Chronic Pain at Age 22
Perhaps the meaning of the pain in our lives is like the prophecies of old. Isaiah's beautiful foretelling about Israel's restoration may have been partially fulfilled in the immediate future, but won't be completely fulfilled until God binds up the book of time. Likewise, though I can glean some meaning from my ankle pain – it has made me more compassionate toward the sufferings of others, for example – I don't think I'll fully understand it in this life. This isn't a copout to avoid wrestling with pain and suffering or to not make wise and informed health decisions, but an acknowledgment of my limits. Even though I don't understand it now, it is enough to live with the trust that, in God's boundless love, there is meaning to my pain.
Liuan Huska is a freelance writer and part-time researcher. She has contributed to God's Politics, Loyola University's Center for Digital Ethics and Policy, and the G92 blog. She maintains a personal blog on embodiment and spirituality at bodyandbeing.wordpress.com.