At an all-night New Year's Eve social, I twisted my ankle while playing a silly game. Ugh! I was forced to sit with my right leg elevated. As I watched my ankle increase in size, I knew that I would eventually be spending time in the emergency room on New Year's Day. After the doc at the ER examined my ankle, it was determined that I had, indeed, sprained it pretty good. My ankle was wrapped up, I was handed some crutches, and pain meds were prescribed. To my surprise, I received three prescriptions for pain. Upon asking why three instead of one, I was told that each med would address a different pocket of pain. I took their word for it and dutifully took the meds.
I recently conducted a little research and discovered that there are, in fact, differences in the roles of the three major pain medications that had been prescribed to me: acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen. I found out that naproxen and ibuprofen block the chemicals that are responsible for inflammation (swelling) and the pain that results while acetaminophen interrupts pain messages that those chemicals send to the brain. Blocked chemicals from inflammation help reduce swelling, which decreases occurrences of pain. Blocked pain receptors remove the feeling of pain. With my ankle injury, I suffered from pain and inflammation and now understood just how these three created a type of triangulation system that tackled and eliminated my ankle woes. However, as I took the meds, they helped me cope until my ankle was fully healed.
Like my ankle snafu, life sometimes creates inflammation that results in emotional pain. Specifically, there are places where we have been wounded that need healing. The pain can seem unbearable at times. However, just like the doc at the hospital made, not one, but three prescription pain meds available to help relieve my pain, God has some pain killers that you can take as you heal from your emotional injuries. His spiritual ibuprofen, naproxen, and acetaminaphen embedded in His powerful Word will block the lies of the enemy whose goal is to trip us up and keep us out of commission by increasing the swelling from the past, from negative experiences, or from trauma and dysfunction. Remember that God's truth trumps the enemy's lies any and every day. He is right beside us as we heal from life's hurts. He promises to never leave us or forsake us.
So, when you are experiencing those pain pockets, look to Jesus for just the right prescription for your pain!
You can call me Jenn. Let's sit on the front porch, grab a tall glass of sweet tea, and chat about life. I communicate through writing and I so enjoy the conversations that squeeze out of my thoughts and words. I especially look forward to hearing your responses to my thoughts and words that spark other conversations, peak interest, and inspire change.