“Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.” -Rabindranath Tagore

Fighting chronic pain is already a daunting task, but is even more difficult when you do not have a firm foundation to stand on.

One of the best analogies of this is Jesus’ Parable of the Two Builders (Matt. 7:24-27). In the parable, one man builds his house on the sturdiest of foundations, a rock. The other built his house on the sand, a shaky foundation to say the least. A storm arose and flooded the land with torrential rains, causing rivers to overflow. The house on the sand was washed away, but the house on the rock remained firm amidst the chaos around it.

Without faith, we are just like the builder who built his house on the sand. Without a firm foundation, the darkness that comes with combatting chronic pain will wash us away, allowing despair to creep into our souls.

Many people have asked me, “How can you believe in a God who allows you to suffer?”

It is not easy. Sure, I have had my moments where I questioned God, even cursed at Him for allowing me to endure chronic pain. Yet, when all was said and done, I still trusted that He had a purpose for it.

Tim Keller wrote in his book, Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering, “In the secular view, suffering is never seen as a meaningful part of life but only as an interruption.”

After the five years of chronic pain I endured, I have concluded this: Had God not allowed me to go through those five years of hell, I would not be the man I am today.

Whatever your views of faith are, there is no question that even just a little of it can take you a long way. Even in the midst of the darkness, there can still be light.

I encourage you to seek that light, warrior.

Keep up the fight!