“You just gotta keep going.” He looked at me with a smile; I returned it with a puzzled look on my face as I digested what he had just said. He’s the man that barely slept due to work commitments, who suffered chronic back pain, was positive every morning at the gym and the guy who affectionately nicknamed me “Dingo.” I grew to respect his attitude very quickly and was so grateful that he and his girlfriend Tamara were in my life.
You see Tamara pushed me beyond my limits physically and mentally every morning at the gym teaching me that “You gotta keep going” even when the discomfort became too intense.
She would speak sternly reminding me that pain causes change, it shapes muscles creating definition and results.
Your pain can sculpt your faith muscles should you let it.
Pain hurts. It has the ability to take our breath away, turn our world upside down creating disturbance that can become the focal point should we allow it.
It can dominate our perception on life, consume our minds and govern our actions. It has a strong bias towards pessimism and will rob joy from the very depth of our soul.
Pain forces us to place a mask on our face while it silently erodes our heart; it can keep us isolated and chained in a place that seems dark and lonely.
It sees some Servant Girls looking for healing in the wrong places;
In the arms of another man for a fleeting one night stand,
Pouring another glass of wine in the hopes that alcohol will help us lose our self, our nightmare for a few hours,
Spending money and searching for fulfillment in materialism,
Unhealthy emotional attachments to others,
Anything which will provide a numbing effect.
What or where is your escape?
“We cannot selectively numb emotions, when we numb the painful emotions; we also numb the positive emotions.” Brene Brown
Peeling the layers back to expose that which is hidden may hurt, but the alternative is allowing our story to win, defeat us, fester, breed infecting our soul.
Life has the ability to hurt us. It presents us with lowly experiences which can harm our outlook and taint our perception.
So what do we do when we have pain stored in our heart?
I believe it comes down to a word that I write a lot about…
Do we play the victim?
Or do we find our God given strength and live as a survivor?
The choice we make will dictate our responses to situations that we face daily.
We can either own our story and face it with courage or run from reality and live with its harshness.
Bringing the dark places to the surface can be ugly, raw and overwhelming. It requires a supernatural strength from God to get us through, but remember when we are weak, He is strong.
Face your pain friend. I know you can do it. Don’t allow it to win anymore.
You will never be abandoned or alone to journey into the hard places, but rather have the God of the Universe by your side with a plan and a desire to bring you healing.
He wants you to live in freedom. He hates the hurt which has trapped and limited you.
Don’t you know friend that there is so much more to life then the circumstances that you face today.
Don’t allow yourself to be a product of your past circumstances. Design and shape a new definition of who you are in Christ.
Rise Servant Girl and persevere. Give yourself permission to grow into a greater you.
Build your character. Allow it to be shaped through your trials which seem useless. Cling to God’s promises and be fully restored and filled with hope.
“Hope does not put us to shame because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5
He is the key who unlocks the cage which has held you in misery and sadness. He will restore your brokenness but you have to make the decision in allowing Him to do so.