Well, dad, you do know pain has its purpose.Rachel Meeks Tyler
The words from my daughter rang loud and clear last week. As we reflected on the seemingly unending parade of life’s challenges, her reminder was much like a bucket of cold water in my face. Indeed, pain has purpose. In addition to its contra-positional value to comfort, pain (in its basic form) is a reminder that something is not right. While maybe not appreciated at the time, the awareness of pain can be life-saving. It is an alert that all is not well. Something is off.
Still, awareness of the presence of pain is not enough; it requires a response.
This holds true physically as well as spiritually.
While the Psalms are filled with incredible praise, there are plenty expressions of pain. What I’ve come to appreciate is the honest expression is coupled with an awareness of the One that is able to address pain’s causes. Sometimes circumstances, sometimes others, frequently me.
Well, dad, you do know pain has its purpose.
A p-k (preacher’s kid), Mark is the eighth of nine children born to Reuben and Henrietta Meeks, prolific planters of nearly 30 churches throughout the Central Valley of California. After four decades of teaching, discipling, and ministering, including to the hospitalized and imprisoned, Mark responded to God’s call to pastoral ministry. In addition to degrees in civil engineering and public administration, Mark received his Masters in Theology from Fuller Seminary.