“The Lord will dwell in a dark cloud.”
– 2 Chronicles 6:1
This passage had great meaning for C.S. Lewis. Lewis had tasted pain in ways that few of us can comprehend. He lost his mother at an early age, was emotionally abandoned by his father, suffered from a respiratory illness as a teenager, was wounded in World War I, and had to bury his beloved wife.
Through all of this, Lewis wrote about his heartache in his work, The Problem of Pain. In this iconic book, Lewis wrote, “Pain insists upon being attended to. 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.”
There is a common strain of theology that says God wants all of us to be happy all of the time, void of pain or suffering. The Hebrew word for that is bologna.
In your pain, abuse, or trauma, God is still there. And he is speaking louder than ever. Your job is to listen.
Recovery Step: Listen carefully for the voice of God, proclaimed through the megaphone of your pain.