Recently, I had a little mishap in the kitchen and burned my arm pretty bad. The second it happened, I knew it was gonna be gnarly. I ran to the sink and ran it under cold water. I went to the freezer and grabbed some frozen veggies to cool the burning. My husband came to look at it and assess the situation and helped me clean, treat and bandage it up.
But when it came time to take off the bandage later and continue caring for the wound, I did not want to do it. Since I had covered it, the pain was minimal but I knew uncovering it was going to be a painful process. But I knew I had to continue to keep it clean and treated with ointment so that infection and scarring did not set in. So obviously, I did what I had to do and it’s healing up beautifully.
This process really got me thinking. Sometimes things happen in our lives and we think since we have immediately responded to the situation and handled it, we can go ahead and cover it and move on. We don’t want to uncover it or look at it again because it’s just too painful. But certain offenses or injuries in our lives may require additional attention or infection may set in to our soul. Bitterness, anger, anxiety or even depression may infect our beautiful spirit.
How do we know if we need additional attention to a situation in our lives? Simply put, if we continue to dwell on it and talk about it or it negatively affects our lives, actions or behaviors, then there is more that needs to be dealt with.
Immediately, we want to take our situation to the Lord. He is an AMAZING listener! Ask him to show you the next step of your process. Each person and each situation is unique, but rest assured- he knows exactly what you need. As humans, we see out of the “peephole” of life. But God is out there and can see the entire picture; past, present and future. What better adviser could we possibly have?
Dare to be willing to take the next step in the healing process. The other side of pain is peace.
Isaiah 26:3 - You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.
Romans 15:13 - May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Phillipians 4:6-7 - And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.