To be honest, I don't really know what to write today. But I have been thinking about pain, A LOT. For some reason it is stuck in my head, glued to my thoughts. I can't get myself to stop thinking about pain.
The funny thing about pain: You can't run from it. You can't hide from it. You can't avoid it. No matter how hard you try it will always find you. And there are different types of pain: physical, mental, and emotional. (I am only going to talk about two of these mostly because I'm not sure if I made up the third one... :) Physical pain is probably the first thing that comes to mind when you think of hurt-y-ness. (Sorry, there aren't many word to replace pain with. So there is probably going to be some made up words in here...) You get bruises and sprains and stomach aches all the time. And emotional pain is the next one thought of. Loved ones are taken from us all the time and that hurts, a lot. Plus you have friends and you learn to love people/others and to be able to love, you are going to have to spend some time in this "hurt" category. It is just a known fact. If you are going to love people, you are going to feel some emotional pain if they ever leave you or let you down. (Sorry, but it's true.)
It's odd. We all feel pain. Sometimes for different reasons and sometimes for the same reasons. Yet, when we feel deep pain we wonder if there is anyone out there that could possibly know how that pain feels. Or at least that is how I felt when I lost my grandpa. (Which is kind of ridiculous because I had a ton of cousins going through the same thing.) Anyone who has lost a loved one knows how excruciating that pain is, but the thing is, we all deal with it differently. Each one of us deals with pain and loss and all that "fun" stuff uniquely. That is where we get the feeling that we are the only ones going through it.
One of people's biggest questions about God is "Why would He let His people go though all the pain of today? Why would He let kids grow up in poverty or abusive homes?" And though I really can't answer this question for sure. I know that when I go though a hard or painful time, I come to enjoy the better times more. I learn to be more grateful and thankful and I know that this may not seem worth (insert a type of terrible setting that someone could be in here: abusive home, losing loved ones, etc.), but I also know that God has a plan for each one of us.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord. "Plans to prosper you and not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future."
This verse is often quoted in times of trouble. And to be honest it often makes me feel better about my situation because I know the context of it. Most people don't because this verse is quoted entirely out of context. God said this and Jeremiah wrote it in his letter "to the elders, priests, prophets, and all the people who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzer" (Jeremiah 29:1). The people had to go though 70 years of exile before this would come true (Jeremiah 29:10). They had to go through all that pain and suffering, all those feelings of loneliness and hurt before God would give them "hope and a future." And if we read even more of this passage, we would find that they had completely disobeyed God and that is why they were exiled. Because sin was embedded deeply into their lives.
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There is a lot more to this verse if only people would read the context around it. Then I think that they would understand pain and suffering a little more. And yeah, I know that not everybody has completely disobeyed the Lord in order to be exiled, but that is why I am covering the context and that is also why I said "And though I can't really answer this question...".
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I am Bridges or at least on here I am. Basically, I am a teen. I have many hopes and dreams, many fears and insecurities that I let hold me back. There is so much that goes on in my life. Sometimes it is a struggle, and that what this site is about.
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