“When will the pain go away?”
The orthopedic surgeon had probably heard my question from each of his patients. He spoke confidently from experience. “One year.”
February 19, 2016, marked one year from the day I fell at home and broke my right wrist. I felt excruciating pain those first few days and the week following my surgery. The pain gradually lessened. Aside from moderate pain during and after physical therapy and exercise, I mainly hurt in one spot when I turned my wrist a certain way.
While I noticed marked decreases in pain throughout the first few months, the ache in that one particular area never seemed to change. I was grateful that the bone healed within six weeks and my mobility was fully restored. Still, I hoped that gnawing pain would go away.
To my delight, I noticed something several times over the last few weeks. The pain is gone. I no longer hurt when I turn my wrist that one particular way.
This reminded me to believe Jesus, the Great Physician, who says our pain will end one day. He knows the time will come. We can trust that He is using the best techniques to help speed our recovery process.
We may still ache right now from a physical injury, unexpected loss, or emotional wound. Having experienced these, as well as the chronic pain of an autoimmune condition, I can say with certainty that we will not always feel the hurt that seems unbearable at times. I look forward to the day when all of our pain goes away.
He (God) will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.