Anxiety and Pain

  • By: Joni Eareckson Tada
  • June 14, 2017
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Pain is hard. It’s relentless and it wears you down. And that can lead to anxiety: "What if it gets worse? It already feels unbearable. How will I manage?" Living with chronic pain as I do, I know that our adversary, the devil, delights in using anxious feelings to rob us of joy, ruin our contentment, and divert our focus from trusting God. Every day—and I mean every day—I have to dismantle anxious thoughts and make them captive to Christ. I have learned that when we grasp the hand of God in willful trust, anxiety is defanged and fear is declawed. And we can trust God because He has hand-tailored our hardships; no suffering can touch us unless first filtered through His fingers.

So, our defense against anxiety? Fix our eyes on Jesus. Gazing at Him, rather than our troubles, opens the path to God's peace that passes all human understanding. Then the devil has to concede defeat, hightailing it and taking with him all those awful fears. Friend, don’t allow anxiety to ambush you. Instead, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” It’s a great remedy from Philippians 4:6-7.


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Thank you for the verse! I am sitting here at work, crying as I write this. I deleted the long post with which I began - sometimes I feel like the Ancient Mariner, spouting my story to anyone and everyone. I have, so far, been unable to consistently turn my focus away from my own pain. It is constant and unending. I have become diminished. That is the only way I can articulate it. And I am having a difficult time absorbing that fact. I know Christ can turn all things to good. I KNOW it. The 'how' is what confounds me. I try to focus on Him, but pain draws me away and I am absorbed by it. I lose sight of Him. At these times, my (fairly) recent memory issues take hold and I simply can't remember to open my Bible! Why? Because I have failed to make it a core habit... I have remained grateful, though! I know it could, and would, be far worse than this if I didn't rely on God. So thank you so much for lending your light to shine on the path for me. And I hope someday to be the kind of servant that you exemplify. Thank you and may God richly bless you!
  • June 16, 2017
  • 4:12 p.m.
  • Michael Foley
This was so timely! The Lord used it to encourage me. Thanks Joni!! You are appreciated and loved!
  • June 16, 2017
  • 4:01 a.m.
  • Bunny Otterbeck
Thank you...I needed that so much. I love you!
  • June 14, 2017
  • 12:36 p.m.
  • Lynne Dunlap
Everyday is a choice. Some days are harder than others to choose joy
  • June 14, 2017
  • 9 a.m.
  • Sheryl