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Pain to Gain Victory


Painting by Holly Smith

Pain to gain victory
Or pain to remain in agony
Fearing the staying and the
Going builds the walls around my Heart
Suffocating Pressing,
Smashing, Stuffing,
Closing, Killing,
Deadening, Destroying
The life that flows within me.


In his book, The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis wrote, “God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” Our pain often serves as a wakeup call. Our pain allows God to use a megaphone to call for us, to draw us closer, to give us victory in Him. Often times it is not until we are stripped of everything we hold the closest, that we truly see all we have to gain in Christ.


Pain to Gain Victory presents the struggles we’ve all faced at some time. When we are guilty of “fearing the staying and the going, building the walls around my heart.” Fear of releasing our pain has the ability to consume us, control us, and disillusion us. While we desire to “cut these cords” of fear and pain with the sword of Jesus, Pain to Gain Victory exposes how we often choose to focus on the “misguided truths and self-centered pursuits.” We forget our weaknesses are “open and aware” and forget to rest in God’s promise “only he can repair.” Giving God our pain is scary, messy,humbling, and freeing. When we trade our pain for His freedom, we begin to “rejoice in the suffering of my flesh, separating it from me so I can clearly see and purposefully live the life you bought for me.”

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