Kidney stones are Adam’s fault! I’ll explain that later… first…
I’ve been told the worst pain a person can experience is having a baby. I can’t speak to that myself, but I’ve had two ladies tell me they prefer having a baby to a kidney stone. My granny, who had 8 babies, said she have two babies before she’d have another kidney stone! That pretty much settles it for me… kidney stones are more painful than having a baby.
After the pain of childbirth, you have a cute, cuddly, and precious little life to show for it. After the pain of delivering a kidney stone all you have are bad memories and something ugly left over. If you are brave, click here for what kidney stones look like.
On May 25, 1986… the day after my daughter Amy was born… I had my first kidney stone. In the intervening years I’ve averaged 1 stone every two years. To say they are painful is an understatement! My most recent event was this past Saturday when an 8mm stone caused an obstruction and surgery was required to remove it. Presently I have stones in both kidneys that are 4mm & 5mm in size. I am scheduled to have lithotripsy (sp?) in the very near future to blast them with sound waves.
Reflection (2 Tim 2:7). The pain associated with childbirth is Eve’s fault! Kidney stones are Adam’s fault! All pain, illness, disappointment, and heartache are the result of the fall. When hardship, difficulty, or painful things come into our life they are NOT (!) God punishing us particularly for saying or doing something sinful. They are the result of living in a fallen world that is universally infected by sin.
Whether it is a bridge collapsing… contracting cancer… having a kidney stone… or any other tragedy that may come into our life, they are all the result of living in a fallen world. They are not the result of God in heaven gleefully punishing us for our mistakes.
So next time you have a hard time… pain comes into your life unexpectedly… you are struggling… don’t blame Satan. Don’t blame God. Realize that is life and look forward to the time when God will make all things new. When every tear will be wiped away. When there will be no more sorrow or pain. When kidney stones will be nothing more than a faint memory. Look forward to when we will be with Jesus in glory!
So Sorry about your kidney stone. Alison had her first one on July 4th. If you have questions abut lithotripsy, I am sure she will tell you of her experience. Sometimes it helps to know the procedure in advance. We are praying that everything goes well.
Brother Ron- right on target!!! I am so happy to finally hear someone speaking the truth! God does not inflict pain upon us nor does he take us prematurly to sing in the heavenly choir or other rationalizations and justifications. The bad things that happen to us happen because of our fallen state and sin nature and because there is an evil force at work on us. God is the answer to these circumstances not the cause. Thank you for this breath of fresh air and reason! Bless you!
…and one footnote Brother Ron. If anyone feels that the choices and decisions they make are of no value…remember that we are ALL living out the consequences of a single decision made several thousand years ago by one man and one woman. Something to consider as we travel through this life of choices and decisions.
My son is mentally challenged and has a seizure disorder, he is cognitively unaware of what a kidney stone even is, just went thru passing a 6mm kidney stone yesterday. We absolutely know that God was with him and with us and had Bern every single day of his life. We have never asked why our son and we have seen God’s hand, favor, grace, peace, love and mercy so clearly and so perfectly as we have navigated 21 years of taking total care of our little man. Thank you for sharing your experience. I have had five children and would have them all over again. No kidney stones, that I know of, however I believe I will pass on experiencing that. God Bless and may all of God’s children everywhere, know and accept the gift of His saving Grace.