The Blessing of Pain

Posted on May 24, 2017 by Esther Baumgartner in Suffering.

The following guest post was written by Esther Baumgartner and explores the topic of pain. With her permission, we've copied an excerpt of her article below with a link to read the full post on her website.

The Blessing of Pain

Here is just a little bit of my story of learning to know and trust God. I was born into a Christian family. Going to church and knowing what the Bible said was always valued and important. But there came a point when learning more things about God at church or in the Bible didn't really change how I acted. I knew a lot of things and verses in the bible. I learned many bible stories and things like 'do not be anxious in anything, because God cares for you', or 'God has good plans for you'. While I thought of myself as a good Christian and thought I believed the bible I never really lived my life like I believed God had the power to create the whole world or deliver the Israelites from battles they should have lost.

I didn't really believe I could trust God and not be anxious when I felt awkward around a group of people. I would just try hard to avoid situations where I felt too awkward or uncomfortable instead of actually believing that He would help me to work through those situations. Instead of trusting that God actually had good plans for me, I would constantly worry and be down if things didn't go the way I had planned or wanted them to go...

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About the author

Esther BaumgartnerI am a natural deep thinker, which means I love reading books, getting away from things to process the week, and when all the little details line up. I also love, running, volleyball, and almost any form of competition, especially if I have a good shot at winning.