Sunday, August 17, 2014
How Do You Spell RELIEF?
When I read this on Facebook recently, it took me back to a time in my life not too long ago when I use to seek comfort from others by pouring out my woes over and over again to them. I didn't seem to understand that no matter how willing they listened, the pain remained when my sharing finished.
I realize now that the person listening at the time did care about me, but they couldn't erase my pain. My talking only provided temporary relief for that moment, but when alone again, the problem still loomed heavily over me.
However, several years ago, it finally dawned on me that I needed to break this unhealthy pattern in my life. The Lord revealed to me that the reason my talking brought no healing was because I expected other humans to solve my hurt. One can barely handle their own emotional wounds let alone someone else's.
When I understood this, a veil came off of my heart. I saw Jesus inviting me into His open arms and lap. He assured me that He wanted to be near me even when I didn't react properly to a situation. He didn't require me to get my act together first. Instead He reminded me to bring all my fears, anger, hurts, and disappointments to Him. Not only could He handle my problems, but He could bring about a solution too.
I love and appreciate all my friends. They are beautiful sisters who have extend the same grace and mercy they have received back to me. Many of them are still willing to journey with me through the ups and downs of life.
What I realize though is that it's important for every answer to point us back to Jesus. He is in the business of making something beautiful from our ashes. Temporary relief from someone's listening ear is a nice gift, but praise the Lord for the One who satisfies entirely!!
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