This past Tuesday night, I had to deal with one of life’s major annoyances — a migraine headache.
As you all may know, I am the nighttime editor here at the Times-Tribune, so a nighttime migraine is something I especially don’t like dealing with.
But it started out early that evening as a little tingling in my head. Then slowly over time it worsened and worsened.
I thought it may have been a headache from caffeine withdrawal so I ran out to the nearby gas stop for one of those big 44-ounce fountain drinks.
I drank a big portion of that down and realized it was not helping the pain.
So I then decided to take some ibuprofen in hopes that would give me some relief, but it didn’t work.
The night kept getting later and later, and the pain kept growing and growing.
It eventually got so rough I thought I was going to be sick.
And it was certainly a busy night in the newsroom, too.
If you have been following our stories this past week, you can probably guess what we were dealing with.
So it was not a great time to be dealing with the pain and discomfort of a migraine — on top of everything else.
It was in that moment I looked to the Lord in prayer.
I told Him I had a job to do but I was in a lot of discomfort. I didn’t ask him to take the pain away, or do my job for me. I just asked Him to help get me through it.
Before long, my night at work was over and I was back home in my bed sleeping the migraine away.
While not nearly as important or severe of a situation, Jesus getting me through that night of work is similar to the time when he walked on water.
Matthew 14:24-27 says, “But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.”
See, Jesus did not make the storm go away. He came to help the disciples in the storm and get them through it.
This is exactly what Jesus did for me during my migraine.
He came to me during my time of distress and got me through it.
There will be more migraines to suffer through and more storms to endure, but if we always set our hearts and our minds to trust Jesus, He will pull us through every single one of them.
Brad Hall is the nighttime editor for the Times-Tribune. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit his blog at hallthingsconsidered.blogspot.com