Pain and Suffering

I have a pregnant friend who has been experiencing different complications since the start of conception. She is now on her second trimester and still she has to take bed rest. On her first trimester, she had to take a leave from work because she experienced spotting. She was away from office for one and half month, since everytime she tried to walk some distance, she would have spottings, and when she had enough rest, nothing is seen. So when she decided to take a rest for one whole week, she felt she was better. She set a schedule with her doctor and the advice was that she may again come back to work if she is feeling better. Then after coming back to work this week, again, she had to visit her OBGyne because she felt that one side of her face could not be moved. It was hard for her to even blink her eye. When she told me that, I got scared because I thought that it might be a sign of mild stroke (earlier she had been complaining of severe headache, which made me think that her blood pressure spiked up). However I had no way of knowing, but to wait for the diagnosis of her OBGyne. 
And since she called the secretary in the last minute, we waited for her message to ask her about how she is doing.

Turns out, she has Bell’s Palsy. Immediately, I searched through the internet. According to, “Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes a temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles in the face. It can occur when the nerve that controls your facial muscles becomes inflamed, swollen, or compressed. The condition causes one side of your face to droop or become stiff.” 

The description fits perfectly with how she described on what she is undergoing through. Part of me was afraid because we don’t fully understand on what happens to our bodies, but the other half of me was relieved that it will go away on its own without medication. 

Another reason for us to rejoice is because our friend could continue to have her rest especially now that her tummy is getting a little bigger. 

Psalm 18:2 – The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Thank God for every pain and suffering we encounter, for in this reason we may get to know that God will always be there for us. He understands, because He Himself has died on the cross for us. 🙂

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