One of my favorite new TV shows is The Flash. I’m a huge fan of the comic book character and I am really enjoying the TV show. It tells the story of Barry Allen, a scientist who works for the Central City Police Department. He gets struck by lightning and the mix of the lightning, chemicals and a blast from a particle accelerator grant him the ability of super speed. He uses his new found abilities to fight crime in the city. He also is dealing with the death of his mother as a child and his father being wrongfully accused of the death.
In one of the first few episodes of the show he made the following statement: “I thought being the fastest man alive would make my life easier. That I could outrun anything. Turns out, no one can outrun pain.” Through the course of the episode he was trying to “outrun” or not deal with pain which included still wrestling with the loss of his mother. But by the end of the episode he realizes that even the ‘fastest man alive’ can’t outrun pain.
We all want to outrun pain. We all have something or someone that hurts us. And we want to run away from the pain and not deal with it. But like Barry Allen, we can’t outrun pain. It’s there and it’s something that we have to deal with. But the good news is we don’t have to deal with the pain alone. God knows this and He’s right there with us. He sends the Holy Spirit to us. Part of the Holy Spirit’s job is to comfort us, to be with us when we are hurting.
We may not have super speed like Barry Allen. But we do know what it feels like to deal with pain, whether it’s physical or emotional. And we know that we can’t outrun pain. But it’s great to know someone who understands pain. Someone who has dealt with pain and who can sympathize and empathize with us. And we know that we are not alone and have to deal with the pain by ourselves. We have Jesus with us. There’s no pain and no problem that can get ahead of Him.