Recently one of us was experiencing jaw pain and went to the dentist only to discover that she needed surgery, and expensive surgery at that. She felt frustrated at the thought of having the procedure and at spending money she had not expected to spend. Then she considered the alternative: no pain and therefore no warning that something was wrong and thus the possibility that things would get worse and her whole jaw could be affected.
Suddenly the mouth pain, as well as having to get and pay for surgery, didn't seem that bad. In fact, upon reflection it seemed like a gift. The pain served an important purpose. It was a warning that something needed to be done. Of course physical pain is not the only sort we face - as is all too familiar, pain can strike in many forms. Below are some of the guises that pain can take and the gifts it might be offering us.