I recently heard a wise woman express gratitude for a new difficulty in her life. She said, “I haven’t had a hardship in a while. I’m grateful. Pain in a good teacher.”
She said this weeks ago, and I can’t get the idea out of my mind that everything can be a good teacher in our lives if we allow it.
It’s absolutely true. Painful things have taught me the most precious things of all: dependence on Jesus, inner strength, and joy that isn’t dependent on circumstances. I don’t enjoy pain. And sometimes the wisdom doesn’t come for decades. But today I remember that pain is a good teacher.