If you struggle with chronic pain and depression (or know anyone who does), I hope you’ll be encouraged by this short video that tells my story. As I writer, I’ve wrestled with tendonitis in my wrists for over fifteen years and at times, chronic low back pain. Some seasons worse than others.
I wrote about my struggle to manage and treat my chronic pain, as well as the dark hole depression I experienced in my book, The Longing: Embracing the Deepest Truth of Who You Are. At times, the chronic pain in my wrists got so bad that the only way I could write was by holding a pen in each hand, hunting and pecking my way on the keyboard. I wrote 3 200+ page books this way. (Part pathology, I’m sure!)
There were days when I felt like my wrists had been drenched with gasoline and lit on fire. Creating mosaics was one of the pathways that God helped me see the cross of Christ and suffering in a new light. Brokenness on the cross and the promise of wholeness in the resurrection. We are not bulletproof. We’re meant to be honest and authentic in the midst of our struggles. I hope you’ll be able to encourage someone in your life with this video today. (DV5WTPSS3WK2)
I’m curious to know how you have grown and what have you learned through difficult struggles in your life?