It has been a very rough day. At 5:50 a.m. the alarm went off and so did my head. I had a major spike in the headache. Fetal position and tears were about all I could manage. My son’s alarm went off at 8:30 a.m. and I crawled out of bed. It took what little energy I did have to get dressed. My Penn State ball cap and sunglasses were a key part of facing the sun this day.

I had very busy morning with lots of stops, like picking up payroll, the bank, and the post office to name a few. Lunch came about an hour late because of all the running. Around 2:30 I started to feel it coming back again.  “Please God not two spikes in one day,” I prayed. Well that prayer was not answered the way I wanted.

As I sat in my darkened office with no lights on wearing sunglasses, it became apparent that I needed to get home and try to sleep round 2 off. I got home and tried to read the Bible app on my phone to get some comfort. I turned on the WBCL a local Christian radio station to focus on something other than the pain. Spirit my cat laid down beside me, purring, giving me the best comfort she knows how.

I slept for about an hour and the headache was still elevated but nothing near the onslaught I dealt with twice today. I jumped on the computer to read and get my mind off the pain.  This picture was on David Kanigan’s blog.


I was totally taken back to what is really important in my life…God. No matter how bad the storm, He is sovereign and He is faithful. I have experienced lots of pain in my life, most of which came from my own bad decisions. The pain I have experienced today will not go to waste. I have been inspired in this flood to praise my God for His goodness in-spite of this storm.

Ted Goodwin is a speaker and author of the book “Lessons from a Headache.” In June of 2009 Ted was diagnosed with a “chronic daily migraine” headache. Despite constant pain since the headache began, Ted has not allowed it to stop him from living life to the full. He lives a life that is active, rewarding and full of joy. He diligently trained for and completed his first marathon in September 2010, despite the migraine.