Pain has a purpose - no matter what the type of pain it may be. Every affliction has a reason -even in ministry. One reason is so that in the future God can use us to "come along side" others who are going through a similar pain. It is a fact - pain is a prerequisite for true empathy. For example:
A woman who has been through breast cancer can best be the one to "come along side" of another woman who has just learned that she has breast cancer.
A parent who has lost a child to death can best be the one to "come along side" of another parent who is about to lose a child to death.
A pastor who has experienced a hurtful ministry can best be the one to "come along side" of another pastor who is going through a challenging time in ministry.
Think of it this way. I heard a preacher once say that every time Jesus distributed bread in Scripture, He always used the same approach:
He TOOK the bread!
He BLESSED the bread!
He BROKE the bread!
He GAVE the bread!
And so it seems to be the same pattern with God's servants. He TAKES us! He BLESSES us! But He then BREAKS us before He can ultimately GIVE us!
Are you in the process of being broken? Are you learning right now what it means to be broken - even in ministry? Then take heart! Take courage! Take comfort! Take joy! If God is breaking you, resulting in many tears and even sleepless nights, it is probably because He is getting ready to give you to someone else who you will be able to "come along side" of because you have experienced the same pain.