Do you struggle with pain? I do! I live with congenital clubbed feet. This means that I was born with all of my bones, from my toes to my pelvis, twisted out of alignment. In essence, my feet curve inward, where your feet stand straight. At birth, the doctors thought that I would never walk; that I would be in a wheelchair my entire life. Yet, I defied the odds, and at age two, stood up and started walking, albeit clumsily. This meant that I would need special shoes.
Throughout my almost 60 years, I have worn clunky, corrective shoes that help me walk somewhat normally. However, there are times, (and I am going through one of those times now), when new clunky, corrective shoes (basically handmade for me) cause me great pain. If they are not fitted just right, then I get tremendous nerve pain in my right foot; pain so great, I cannot use the new shoes (costing $600 per pair!!!).
Normally, I have a high tolerance for pain, but when I try to walk in these new shoes, the struggle with pain is almost unbearable. In my suffering, I feel alone. Yet, it’s at that point that I remember that Christ is standing right beside me. When I feel that nerve pain, I think of the nails going through Christ’s feet. I suffer with Christ. Christ suffers with me.
If You Struggle with Pain, Then Suffer with Christ
For me it’s shoes, for you it’s something else. When life presents us with new challenges, painful experiences, or painful new clunky shoes, the question is, “What to do about it?” Some suffering is unavoidable in this life. We all have our own cross to bear. Christ asks us to pick up our crosses, persevere, have courage, trust in Him, and carry on. Therefore, when we struggle with pain, we are given an opportunity to suffer with Christ.
So, for me, I will keep going back to my pedorthist and tweak these clunky, corrective shoes until we get them fitted just right. I will persevere, be strong, trust in Jesus, and limp until this too shall pass. Sooner or later, I’ll get these shoes fitted correctly. Then look out, and watch me run the good race!