I value perseverance, strength and courage. I admire a person who seems to be able to overcome insurmountable obstacles, who can persevere no matter what they face and who seems to have the courage to endure and overcome when everything around them tells them to quit and give up. I am NOT that person, nor will I ever be. No matter how hard I try, every time pain comes crashing into my life, it hurts and all I want is relief! Where is the exit? Get me outta here!
Pain is unique in its ability to crush the soul and suffocate the heart. Pain mocks hope. Pain brings despair and weariness. I have lost count of the number of times pain reduced me to an exhausted, wearied mess of a person, pleading and begging God for the minutest relief. If you can think of a possible reaction or response to pain, I probably have experienced it.