Being hurt these days has a whole new world of meaning compared to being hurt before I was saved. Now I experience pain in being hurt without the disabling fear. I am still hurt, but the ferocity of my feelings against the source of my hurt is quelled completely. This is a miracle of God; to experience the truth of hurt, yet retain the perspective to be able to see whilst feeling; to retain conscious logic whilst reeling in some sense of despair; to maintain hope when the situation’s joy has evaporated.
Experiencing hurt in healing ways is being connected with our sorrow, not running from it. When we connect to truth we also run to God.
Experiencing hurt in healing ways is a commitment of truth upon the protection of God; that the Lord has meaning and purpose in all things – having faith in that.
When we experience hurt in healing ways we are gifted the perspective that stops the tennis-match rally that would otherwise repeat the hurt again and again. We learn to absorb the hurt. We learn that grace is more than sufficient. We understand the copious power of God to transform hurt, in the moment’s instant, into enough healing that we would not react in our hurt.
Experiencing hurt in healing ways is the process of surrender before God, that nothing is more important than that. And whilst it may seem a betrayal of our purposes, we know we must let go if God is to work in us and in the situation.
From the moment of hurt, through the ensuing days, we are blessed with more and more perspective. What started out as faith, to surrender our hurt to the only One who could help, has now redeemed good spiritual sense; we see plainly the blessing having not reacted.
Hurt is an abstract concept. Though we all get hurt, our hurt resonates as an echo from our very distant pasts. The inner child remains hurt. And the only one who can placate the child is God. We are God’s children; each and every one of us.
But we can be disconnected from the pain within the hurt that causes our reaction when we approach truth; when we connect with God. Just understanding the processes of the inner child, that we all have, is valuable knowledge.
Experiencing hurt in healing ways is the help we need from God, even in the moment of hurt. With God there is perspective despite the pain; patience despite the anger; and sense enough not to react. With each day comes more perspective.
© 2013 S. J. Wickham.
Steve Wickham is a Baptist Pastor and holds Degrees in Science, Divinity, and Counselling. Steve writes at: http://epitemnein-epitomic.blogspot.com.au/ and http://tribework.blogspot.com.au/
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