When we physically fall hard enough the evidence is a rainbow-colored bruise on our skin—or, if the fall is bad, stitches and/or broken bones (ouch). We usually learn to hide the bruise with makeup or choose to wear different clothes, so we don’t show others “how bad the fall” was. If the fall resulted in crutches or a sling to protect the brokenness while healing, the rest of our body usually picks up the slack and compensates. In fact, during the healing process our “used limb” becomes strong.
But, when we spiritually fall, those bruises and breaks can’t be seen on the surface instead they come out during our protection by lashing out in our tone, speech or reclusive behavior. We learn how to compensate and cover up our hurt, in other words, we learn to protect the sensitive spots. The pain is buried, and it isn’t addressed. Yet we somehow believe it no longer exists if it’s buried.
However, what is buried and not “uprooted” will grow (seed, time, and harvest as explained in Genesis 8:22). God made us to be a vessel for His light (Matthew 5:14), not carriers of pain. The Word tells us if we have an issue with our brother to address it alone (Matthew 18:15) with them. But, the deep-rooted pains that we haven’t shown or talked about still need to be carried to God and not carried around. He is always available to hear us (Proverbs 8:17 [seek him you will find him]); He will give us guidance (Psalm 119:105 [lamp unto my feet]; Heb 4:11 [Word is alive and active]).
To be the “light” we must understand where to place all that we’ve buried in the shadows and darkness. We must learn to trust Him with the sensitive spots; the pain, hurt, and difficulties… yes, that means we must unveil all buried issues, circumstances, and pain to Him. He will not only keep our secrets, He will heal the sensitive spots too. Actually, He already knows (Hebrews 4:13), He genuinely cares (Hebrews 4:8-10), and He heals us (Psalm 30:2)… but, we have to choose Him. He doesn’t push, He wants to be invited. Will you invite Him in today?
Photo by Joshua Sortino