Trauma, pain, and grief are part of life’s journey for everyone and can hold us back from God’s best. He cannot help us address the source of these issues until we allow them to come out where they can be seen, and felt. People all around us are living with the weight of guilt, shame, confusion, and hurt. When they speak it is like a mist that comes up from inside confusing their thoughts and language. The source of it is often not even clear to those of us who are carrying it, and it needs to be healed before we can move to the next dimension of life.
No matter how badly we want to move forward, it will not happen apart from dealing with the truth of where we are right now.
Honest & Vulnerable
The first step toward being made whole is to do what the disciples did on the road to Emmaus, talk to God about it. Jesus has an abundant supply of life to give us, but until we choose to be honest and vulnerable about the “life” we do have, He can’t help us. When He asks us how we are doing it is not because He doesn’t know, it is because we need to know so that we can face it, address it and move forward from our present reality.
We need to share from our hearts not just with God, but also with each other. Church is meant to be about living our lives together in this way. If we want to experience all the Father has for us we need to have people we can trust and share our lives with, people with who we can share anything. When we have friends like this, and are friends like this, we will continually be growing and changing in the direction of what God has for us.
This process never stops, because even though our bodies weaken and die over time, our spirit keeps increasing and getting stronger.
After explaining the word to His friends on the Emmaus road, and reminding them of the things that were written about Him, Jesus stopped and had a meal with them. He unfolded the truth and broke the bread of life with them then He disappeared because, now He was in them not just with them. They had moved to a new dimension and were filled with so much life that even though they had just walked seven miles away from Jerusalem they ran back that same night to tell their friends that they had seen Jesus!
- Ask the Holy Spirit to point out someone you know who is carrying hurt or pain, and take a special interest in being someone that they open up to and pray with about it.
- If you are frustrated by a lack of forward progress in your walk with God, examine your heart for unhealed areas that may be holding you back.