Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.
I find it so easy to forget that God's primary purpose for me is not my comfort. It is that I might know Him. I love this quote from C.S. Lewis because it highlights the fact that it is in the midst of my pain and suffering that God is doing the most important thing.... drawing me to Himself.