My Healing from Chronic Pain Felt like a Dream

Tuesday, August 16, 2011 Bryan Hudson 0 Comments

Psalms 126:1, When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dreamed.

This morning, when I awoke, it felt like a dream.

For almost four weeks I have been suffering with chronic pain. Chronic pain is not uncommon today. There are people who have suffered with pain for years. However, there is no pain like your own!

The pain I have been experiencing is the worst that I can remember. I experienced the pain of a torn Achilles tendon, after which I drove myself to the hospital for treatment. I've experienced the pain of a separated shoulder. I've experienced the pain of stepping a broken bottle and having the glass impaled in my foot. I've experienced the pain of concussion. I've experienced the pain of severe sprain in both ankles. I've experienced the pain of having tissue torn away from behind my kneecap. I even experienced the pain of having two front teeth knocked out from taking an elbow while playing basketball.

But never have I endured such pain as I have experienced over the past four weeks, day and night. X-rays showed no spine damage. My doctor could only recommend therapy and prescribe something strong for the pain. I opted to take only over-the-counter pain medicine such as Advil and Aleve. These medications took the edge off the pain. Every 3 to 5 hours the pain would return in full effect, causing great difficulty in simple tasks like bathing, standing or putting on my shoes.

Sunday before last, I showed up at church to preach carrying my shoes because I couldn't put them on until the pain medicine kicked in.

Well, as they say, "I've said all of that to say this."

This morning, August 16, I woke up without pain! 
Praise God! 
Thank you Jesus! 

When I sat up, there was no pain. When I stood up, there was no pain. When I reach down for my shoes, there was no pain!

As with the children of Israel of old (who certainly endured far worse conditions than my own), not being "captive" to pain felt like a dream. For some 26 days, the joy of each new day had been greeted by excruciating pain.  Finally, as I twisted and turned in ways that would have made the pain worse, there was only discomfort, not pain.

I thank God for His mercy, for the prayers of believers, and for the healing power of my Lord Jesus Christ!