Another Blog Article by David E. Smalley, M.D.

This article is on a principle of pain relief that is covered much more in depth in the book, The Miracle of Pain.  The content is educational and should not be used as medical advice.
The original photos below emphasize the wonders of nature around us, which reflect the miracles within us.
September 30, 2020 — Do We Fear Change?

Fear can be paralyzing.  Sometimes it hurts to move.  Yet, immobility can aggravate persisting or chronic pain in a muscle, joint, nerve, ligament or tendon.  Many individuals with depression cannot move, refuse to move or do not move often enough.  Then when they do move, they tend to move too quickly and hurt.  That feeds into a fearful vicious cycle of pain and immobility.

God’s creations on this earth and in the heavens, though not perfect yet, are breathtaking in beauty and order.  God created or shaped the heavens and the earth with materials that belong to Him and that had been in existence for a long time before.  All of God’s creations have purpose.  Creation was not a “big bang.”  That theory is a lie, and today there are many widespread lies.  Creations of men are often evil.

Trust God, that He is there and that He knows you perfectly.  You are His spirit child.  He has not left us alone.  Throughout the ages of the earth, He has sent prophets and His holy word, the scriptures, to help us change, find Him and know Him.  We must seek Him as we have the opportunity.

The saying, “No fear” has a different attitude than “fear not.”  No fear, often, is used to spur us on to do things without regard to the risk of injury.  Fear not, however, is reassuring advice from a higher source that things will be okay now or soon as we move forward.  That advice may come from a trusted friend, the Holy Spirit or an angel, as in the case of the angel who appeared to the shepherds near Bethlehem at the time of the birth of Jesus.

A Full Moon through Trees in 2014

Puzzle Image Needs to be Created, Shaped or Organized

No Ruts in This Decomposed Granite Pathway, but They will Surely Come with Use.

It is in our nature to like our ruts, so do not be afraid to learn.  That is how we grow and get over our pains.  We can look forward to tomorrow with an eye of optimism, despite misery in the world.  Christ has overcome the world with His atonement and the resurrection.  When we change for the better, sooner is wiser.  Change is more difficult the older we are. 

At times in our life, we need to have courage to move.  If we injure a joint while making choices during this mortal existence, the surrounding muscles tend to tighten.  That is a natural, protective mechanism, but if the muscle tightness is prolonged, things go in the wrong direction.  With tight, irritable muscles, surrounding structures, like nerves, get irritated as well.

This Ankle Fracture Needs Immobilization

Beautiful Full Moon in 2013 with a Digital Camera 

During our lifetime, we are tasked with learning, to the best of our ability.  We are also accountable for the choices we make, the words we say and the thoughts of our heart.  Because God is a perfect Judge who loves us and knows us perfectly, we will all kneel at His feet when we see Him, and we will acknowledge that He is merciful and just in His judgement of us individually.

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Zinnia Flowers, One of God's Many Creations

With a broken bone, we immobilize it for pain relief and to allow it to heal.  Muscles are okay with short periods of tightness.  In fact, it is amazing how strong and how tight they can be during normal use.  They need, however, to be able to relax, to recover after using them.  Normal muscle tension allows blood flow to return, allows healing and pain relief.

With Pathways to the Left and Right, We Have Many Choices Each Day