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THE COLOUR OF PAIN

Cyndi den OtterWhat does pain look like? Can you see it? If pain had a colour what would it be?  In my mind it would be black or gray however I think most of the time it comes carefully camouflaged in bright colours, Sunday best , glitter and bling carefully covering the black so that no one can see.

Can you hear pain? Really, you should be able to hear it when your entire being is a train wreck so loud that surely those sitting beside you can hear the clanging in your head.  However often all you hear is a soft moan or an escaped sigh, or glimpse a tear sliding down a cheek that makes no sound at all.

You keep track of all my sorrows.  You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.   Psalm 56:8 NLT

I think pain should have a smell so that it could alert us when it exudes from the pores of those around us.  However it is invisible and odourless like a virus that sneaks in and catches you unaware.  It spreads it’s toxins to encompass all of your being and yet remains invisible.

If you could touch pain would it feel cold so that you have to draw your hand back quickly?  Does the cold wrap itself around your heart barely leaving room for it to beat?  Does it linger  in the air like an icy breath on a winter day?

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.  Psalm 34:17 & 18  NLT

Does pain have a taste?  Does it taste bitter in your mouth?  Perhaps it makes your mouth dry so that words cannot escape your parched throat if you finally muster up the courage to reach out. Stretch out your hands.

In my desperation I prayed, and the Lord listened; he saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the Lord is a guard; he surrounds and defends all who fear him. Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who take refuge in him!   Psalm 34:6-8.  NLT

When life deals out those seasons of pain it’s nice to have someone to talk to, someone to share what is inside, and hear encouraging words, a hug, a

“it will get better”

“I’m praying for you”

“hang on, I’m here for you”

and preferably from someone

who knows just what you are going through

who has experienced it before

someone who gets it

someone who really cares. 

I think about the time Jesus spent on earth.  He knew pain.  Everywhere He went crowds gathered with every imaginable kind of pain.  He is the King of Kings but He walked with us and chose to spend time with those who were hurting. He heard their pain as they cried out for Him to heal them.  He saw their pain and they pressed close to Him hoping that He would see them and touch them.  As they stretched out their hands to Him, He healed them.  After that they killed him. He embodied our pain when He was rejected and put on a cross to die for sins He did not commit. He knew physical pain.

The colour of His pain was bright red for the blood He shed for us.

He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right.  By his wounds you are healed.  1 Peter 2:24  NLT

If there is anyone who gets it, it is Jesus.  He heard, tasted, smelled, touched, and saw pain in every colour.  He knows what we are going through. Imagine taking your pain to Jesus the one who can touch your pain and heal you.  Stretch out your hands.  He is saying

“it will get better”

“I hear your prayers”

“hang on, I’m here for you”

because He knows what you are going through.

He understands what you are experiencing 

He gets it and

He really cares. 

Stretch out your hands.

In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation.  1 Peter 5:10 NLT

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