Pain is an Invitation to Wholeness
Pain isn’t all bad. When pain surfaces it’s a sign. It signals that there are deeper issues in our hearts that need to be healed. Pain is bad if we don’t get healed, but pain can also be an invitation to wholeness. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Life happens. And when it does it can expose brokenness and misalignments in my psyche, in my paradigms, in my longings and in my beliefs (perhaps that I’ve always had, or that I’ve picked up along the way). If I can let those places become whole, I will become more fit for the future God has designed for me. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ God is so good that He will keep showing me my pain and coming after it until it’s all healed. He sees, really sees our hearts, just like what is expressed in this passage from Psalm 139. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “You have searched me, Lord, and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you, Lord, know it completely.” ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Verses 1-4 are an acknowledgement that God already knows all and sees all. But the secret to wholeness is in verses 23-24. My part is to keep on responding through the process. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I want to live in this invitation for God to search me, test me, know me – to find any anxiety or any broken place in me. And to keep following His leadership and go His way which always leads to a healthier life.