There are experiences which are so painful that they cut our heart like a knife, paralyzing us with pain so great that we can barely breathe. This kind of pain can immobilize us or it can be a catalyst to build strength and beauty. When the pain hits and we are staggering from the impact, we must immediately remind ourselves that God is near and He hears the cry of our heart even before it is formed upon our lips. He is in the heart of His children and He knows our pain better than we know it ourselves. He is The Great Physician and the more quickly we turn to Him, the more quickly He heals our wounds. We can allow the pain to rob us of sleep, to scatter our mind, to destroy the glorious purpose which God intends for us—or, we can give it ALL to Him. When we are being drowned in the raging waves of pain and begin to feel disoriented from the loss of love, we must simply cry out to God for help! Crying out for help is something children do. Are we childlike enough to cry out to God or will we allow the hurt to burn, fester and turn to bitterness??? When we experience pain, we can allow either sweetness and strength to grow, or the deep, dark root of bitterness–which chokes the beauty from our life. Sweetness and strength grow in the garden of humility; bitterness grows in the garden of pride. When we are humble, it enables us to ask for help. Who better to help us than God? “Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.” (1 Pet. 5:6-7) Those who greet pain at the door in humility are those who dwell in the house of sweet peace! It is only a humble heart which is capable of casting care upon God. Painful wounds upon the proud heart who refuses to ask God for help will cause that heart to become a victim, become depressed, become useless—or, worse yet—plot revenge! God has more for us that such a sad and debased life. He created us for His Glory. Pain will not cloud His glory in our lives when our heart is humble!