The girl who can't feel pain

Kevin Ibanez

"He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."  Revelation 21:4 (ESV)

Are you going through a painful situation in your life right now?  If you are, then, as weird as this may sound, I encourage you to give thanks to God for it.  James 1:22 (NLT) says, “Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy.”

Ashlyn Blocker has never had a tummy ache or cried about a scraped knee.  But, her rare condition also robs her of fear and caution and makes her world a strange and dangerous place.  Ashlyn has a condition called Congenital Insensitivity to Pain with Anhidrosis, or CIPA.

She does not feel pain, and because of it, she has experienced some terrible injuries that would devastate most people because of the pain; but, at her own peril, she isn’t fazed by what happens.  She’s smashed fingers in doors, gnawed through her lips, been covered by fire ants, and yet, she felt nothing.  God allows us to make choices in life, and many of them end up having painful consequences.  These painful situations are allowed by our loving God so that we can learn from those experiences and hopefully not repeat them.  This is called wisdom, and more commonly, learning from our mistakes.

As you go through the ups and downs in life, know this, that God allows these tough and painful experiences to happen in our lives because He loves us.  His desire is for us to grow closer to Him and know the depth of His love (Ephesians 3:18).  He allows us to experience these trials, or as another pastor I heard call them, interventions, so that we can take corrective action in our lives.

James 1:3-5 (NIV 1984) goes on to say, “Because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.  If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him.”

So, we see that God wants us to learn from our mistakes, to be mature and complete and to develop perseverance in our faith.  If we need guidance and help, we can pray to our Lord and He will give us wisdom, because He is a generous and loving God.

Take time to thank God today for the trials you are experiencing and know that God loves you.  He wants you to grow through them so that you may bring glory to Him as He develops you into a more mature believer who lives out your faith in the face of trials and adversity.

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