Physical Pain

Target-brand pain relief creamSaturday morning, I turned the wrong way. My back immediately sent pain into that part of my brain that overrides everything else.

Movement in any direction caused more pain. I did several stretches. My wife administered pain creme and brought out a heating pad. There was little change… simply putting on shoes was something that required my daughter’s help.


It’s easy to point to physical causes… I’ve been taking a fitness class every Tuesday and Thursday morning this month. The instructor is, to put it mildly, rigorous in the exercises she prepares for us to carry out. Pain is part of the equation. But we all know that muscle pain is the start of muscle strength.

Or it may have had nothing to do with the exercise class; I’ve had back problems before.

As you know, mental or psychological pain can also be the start of increased strength. Or not.

I don’t have any formulas for fixing my back – or for fixing the mental or psychological pain you may be facing.

But I do know that Peter said, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you” (reference). Peter doesn’t go on to say that our worries and cares will disappear. But he asks us to give them to God.

And I am.

Paul Merrill writes here every first Friday of each month.