I was going to start writing about something different today however I really felt like I needed to talk about overcoming adversity. Originally I had put up a short video that really inspired me to take a look at my day to day life, and the obstacles in front of me. Since I originally posted this message the video author took down the video so I’ve replaced it with these quotes.
In thinking about each quote I started thinking about how much truth there was to each. It motivated me to look at the different obstacles that I have run into since being diagnosed. Let’s face it those of us that are diagnosed with CRPS or any other chronic pain condition are facing a giant to overcome. There are lots of times when we don’t have the strength or energy to fight anymore. I’d like to think that our fight is much like the story of David & Goliath. Here is Goliath this big giant armed with his size and armor. Then you have David this little shepherd boy who seemed to small to defeat him. David armed himself with two things: his trust in God and his shepherd’s sling. Many looked at David and thought that it would be impossible to take down this giant with just these two weapons.
What people didn’t realize was that David’s armor was equal to Goliath’s. He was armed spiritually and with God’s resources, which ultimately allowed him to take down Goliath. This is really how I look at each day as I face the pain that I go through. I arm myself with my faith in God to overcome anything.
My faith in God plays an enormous roll in how I stand strong through this adversity. Through all the times that I suffered disappointments with different doctors trying to diagnose me, or with other adversities that I have faced since being diagnosed there is one person that never fails me and that is God. The question that you need to ask yourself is how much do you rely on your faith? If there is one thing that I have learnt in all this it’s that I can trust that he will always be there for me when I fall down.
I truly feel that no situation that you are faced with is to big to overcome. That’s not to say that there may not be a few bumps in the road along the way. Quite often there are bumps because we have to grow or learn from it along the way. So the next time that you think that you can’t deal with the pain remember that if someone like David can overcome then so can you. Ask yourself the really tough question and that is: When you’ve exhausted all your efforts and you have nobody left, who do you turn to?