I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me. Psalm 69:29
After a long and snowy winter, the sun is out and the temperatures are rising. Which for our family (and probably many of yours) means riding bikes, ripsticks, basketball, frisbee and every other outdoor activity. What does that have to do with crying? Skinned knees, elbows and toes that’s what!
When you experience pain from an external injury wounds are usually quick to heal. You can see the healing occur as a scab or bruise form. You can also determine if you are healing correctly and if there is an infection forming we quickly take action to continue healing. However, with internal and emotional pain we can’t see the scars and infection. It is easier to leave these wounds unattended or simply ignore them because they aren’t on the surface. Leaving these internal wounds unattended can lead to catastrophic results.
Why is my pain unending and my wound grievous and incurable? Will you be to me like a deceptive brook, like a spring that fails? Jeremiah 15:18
Pain can be deceptive. Many times a painful experience we believed to be resolved can rear its ugly head and cause pain years after it occurred. Often we think we have forgiven and moved on, but sometimes we have just pushed it to the back of our minds and hearts. It may sit dormant for months or even years, but if not resolved it will eventually come back to the surface. Then it has the power to destroy friendships, marriages and the lives of those around you. It can lead to depression, divorce, addictions or other sinful habits. A dear friend of mine told me today that she asked someone for forgiveness for holding an action against them (something they had done 23 years ago). My friend admitted she had never let go of the pain and sadness it caused her. She had spent years blaming this particular family member. It wasn’t a feeling or anger she got caught up in daily, but it was in her heart. She explained that she had always felt the resentment she harbored deep down in her heart had been a barrier to a better relationship with this particular family member. As she told me the story, I could see the peace and lightness in her soul. Infection, hate, anger, resentment and pain spreads if we don’t allow God in to restore and repair.
God search our hearts and reveal any past pain we might be harboring in our hearts. Please give us the insight to find it, the courage to face it and Your power to resolve it. However difficult, give us the power to put it behind use so that we can experience the joy that comes along with complete healing.
guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5