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Laying in bed at 3 a.m., I wonder why someone was incessantly poking at my leg in my first dream and why I couldn’t get through to another person in a separate dream. I remember thinking that the dreams were irritating and that it felt like someone was trying to get to me. It truly felt like torture. Unfortunately, my severe back pain was not a dream.

Then, out of the blue, after wrestling with some intensely negative thoughts, I hear myself simply say: “I have tracked down the enemy and it is not God!” This doesn’t declare that I’ve killed the enemy. I simply know who he is and who he isn’t.

Just the other day while NOT sleeping, I had a glimpse into the scariest of nightmares. I looked in the mirror and didn’t like what I saw. In my dreams, however, the irritants were coming from others. I then envisioned a skirmish in my backyard. It would be between people, Satan and myself. Sounds pretty simple, except when you throw the system of the world that Satan has created and you begin to crunch the numbers on just how many people are attached by gravity to this spinning globe. Einstein would have trouble calculating those possibilities. Perhaps he would conclude, like me, that “man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.” (Job 5:7)

It always seems to get back to the question, “Why, O God, would you allow everything from irritants to bad backs to death itself?”

Recently, a friend presented me with a list of exceptionally insightful lessons and objectives for suffering and I felt like I had lived through most of those scenarios. But the spooky thing is, I know there are layers or “seasons” of suffering that I have not yet experienced that are either waiting in the wings or that God will spare me from.

Sitting on the couch next to my wife who was also nursing horrid back pain, I came to a few quick conclusions without even attempting to tread very deeply into the turf of the theologian and psychiatrist. We can point to the fall of Adam and Eve and quote Job all we want.

But there is something exceptionally clever about the results of human suffering. Although we can’t keep score, there are skillions of examples of  horrible circumstances being relieved, or at the very least, accepted in peace. I believe it has to do with God alright; His brilliant writing of the story in which the plot centers around using fellow suffering humans to alleviate, curb or comfort the suffering of other humans. In this divine twist, we get a penetrating and convincing glance at His eternal and unmistakable goodness through the redemption of selfishness and pain.

I take my stabs at writing. But I never could have “dreamed” this one up.

BELOW: COULD IT BE THAT Andrew RM Dunlop, Stewart Adams, John Nicholson, Vonleigh Simmons, Jeff Wilson and Colin Burrows (CREATORS OF IBUPROFEN) HAD OR WOULD EXPERIENCE BACK PAIN? I DIDN’T KNOW IBUPROFEN CAME IN HORSEPILLS. 

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