I’m a stubborn person. So it was no surprise to me when I had to go back to the emergency room twice in the same week with a stubborn kidney stone that wouldn’t move. What was a surprise was how much pain I would be in.
I had heard kidney stones were painful, but I had no idea how much they hurt until I went through it myself. As I lay on the emergency room bed, trying to remain calm, the only thing I could think of was: “Please, God, help me.” Nothing else existed except those four words and my pain. That was my world until the doctors came and gave me medication. Even when I was hospitalized and brought up to my room, as soon as the medication wore off, my little world came back, and so did those four words, “Please, God, help me.”
I couldn’t even manage to say the words out loud, that’s how bad that little stone felt in my kidney. Looking back on the week now that it is over and I am feeling better, I can see how special it is to offer up prayers of pain and suffering to God. “Special?” You may be repeating to yourself right now? Yes, I really do think that it is special when you pray to God in your pain because you are uniting yourself to Him on the Cross and that is a special thing.
Think back on your life. Was there a time that you felt your suffering brought you closer to God? If so, please share as someone may be struggling right now and you may be able to help.