Having God’s Word Handy For Overwhelming Moments Can Help With Chronic Pain

“Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.” (Psalm 30:5)

I have spent most of the past two days in bed, and yet the pain continues. This flare has already lasted 4 or 5 days. Chronic pain, severe neuropathy, and there is no idea how long any flare may last. I cannot sleep for very long, and yet I beg for sleep to come to ease the pain.

In the darkness,the pain is magnified and lying in bed sleepless can be frightening. Usually I am one of those obnoxiously happy people who not only sees the glass as half full, but I will also exclaim over how very pretty the glass is as it shines in the sunlight.

But as I stay in severe pain for a long time it is easy to fall into melancholy. Webster’s Dictionary describes melancholy as a “sadness or depression of spirit.”

Over the years I have learned that the best thing to do in this case is to move from the darkness, into the light of trusting in and praising His Son. I move out of the darkened bedroom where my fear and pain loom large, and go to my cushioned rocking chair and ottoman, with my herb tea and soft quilt. Sometimes having a slight rocking motion interrupts the muscles spasms of RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome).

Another big help is having a small stack of comforting scriptures written on index cards by my chair. I read one or two aloud and then ponder quietly and pray. Many comforting verses are found in the Psalms.

  • Psalm 16:7-8 “I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.”
  • Psalm 34:4 “I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.”
  • Psalm 62:5 “My soul finds rest in God alone; my salvation comes from Him. He alone is my Rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will never be shaken.”

I have another favorite that may be unfamiliar, and I hope it is a blessing as well.

Zephaniah 3:17 “The Lord your God is with you, He is mighty to save. He will take great delight in you, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

Prayer: Father, I thank you that You are the light that shines in the darkness. I thank you that you are our Rock and salvation. Father, hold those who hurt tonight and cover them with Your peace.
Amen.

About the Author:
Sandra Platt is a Pastor’s wife and Mother of two young adults. She has had Fibromyalgia for nearly 20 years, and many other chronic pain conditions. She praises the Lord for the strength He provides, and the many friendships she has made through her writing for Rest Ministries.

5 thoughts on “Having God’s Word Handy For Overwhelming Moments Can Help With Chronic Pain

  1. This has been what God is working with me on the past few months. I was diagnosed with FM a year and a half ago, but suspect it has been ongoing in my life for 8 years. Thank you for your reminder that God is a healer and his word the salve!

  2. Hi Sandy,

    Many of us would identify with your words here, so thanks for the wonderful reminder of the comfort in these verses.

    As I read the Zephaniah quote, I was reminded of a Scripture in Song chorus we sang of these words many years ago – that I now have going round in my head – so thanks!

    Praying that your increased level of pain has settled somewhat since you wrote this.
    God bless,
    Fiona

  3. Sandy, what an exceptional devotional. I could “feel” myself right there with you as you sought God’s peace and comfort.

    I also know that when we seek Him in His Word, He will bring just the verses that each of us needs at the time. I vividly remember some years ago awaking and being in great fear – not a known reason for it. He led me to Psalm 27. I marked the date in my Bible right by that Pslam and noted: “Let light dispel the darkness”.

    I have always loved the Zeph. verse. Before I read your mention of it and was reading about how restless you were during this difficult time, I thought of how David comforted Saul by playing soothing music on his harp. Have you ever had soft music playing during these times when you are in your comfy chair? Music is something that helps me in times of pain and despair and there are so many Scriptures that are set to music so we get the Word and the soothing music all at one time.

    Just a thought or two that came to mind as I read your thoughts. Thanks for sharing them so well.

    Love,
    Lynn xoxo

    • Yes, music is an amazing help. I have thought of that often. Just a simple thing like moving my CD player from the kitchen to the living room, and I have not done that. I will move it to a place I could hear in both rooms. I listen a lot in the kitchen in the morning, we have a big country kitchen and I read cookbooks, watch the birds at the feeder, and plan my day. But I will just move things around a bit. Sometimes on a Christian Cable channel in the middle of the night they have “creation scape” with quiet intsrumental music and video’s of nature. That is an amazing help to me.

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