Welcome to my blog, if you’ve stopped by after reading my devotion (http://proverbs31devotions.blogspot.com) today or you’ve been following my series on pain, I’m glad you’re here. God doesn’t intended for you or I to live a life of pain. While God uses our painful situations to grow us into His likeness, He also can bring healing to our deepest hurts. I know. I’ve been there.
When I read that depression will soon be America’s number one illness due to fear or grief, I became concerned. No. I became compelled—compelled to share my story, my God, and His ability to heal. That’s the purpose of my book, An Untroubled Heart. Words such as alone, betrayed, and rejected describe the worrisome emotions of millions all over the world. Perhaps they described your feelings today. Have you been betrayed by infidelity. You trusted that person and they broke your heart. Are you the bridesmaid but never the bride constantly feeling rejected or wondering if you’ll be alone for the rest of your life. Maybe you’re that faithful saint who walks with God and can’t understand why God has allowed you to struggle. All you care to know where is God. I know.
I also understand that the fear and pain is so great that you’re afraid to let anyone it or get too close. The fear of being rejected, abused, or betrayed has caused you to mistrust God and others. Like me, you identify with the old saying, “Burn me once and shame on you. Burn me twice and shame on me.” So, we begin to build a wall of protection all around us. We put of a barrio between us, others, and God. It feels right to build walls. It’s only natural to protect ourselves. But in setting up barriers, we become withdrawn, cold, and angry people who are unable to reach their full potential in life. Eventually, our emotions get the best of us.
I say these hard things today because there is hope, my friend. There is new life on the other side of pain. Just as Lazarus was stripped of his grave clothes and given a new start, we can have the same.
The question is do you believe? Will you trust God, again? If so, you will see His glory and experience His healing.
Next, we must do as Christ asked Mary and Martha. We must remove the stone. Why would Christ ask these two women to remove something that is obviously very difficult for women to do? Because the stone represents the hardening of our hearts caused by our pain. It’s difficult to remove. It’s hard to let go. That stone represents our pain, our pride, our anger, our resentment, our doubt our _________. You fill in the blank. But behind the stone is life!
Once you identify your stone, I want you to remove it from your life. Find a stone outside. Take it to the park and throw it into the lake, run over it with the car, toss it into the trash-can. Whatever you do, get rid of the stone. When those feelings try to return say, “I’ve cast that stone away and now I’m trusting you, Lord.” Soon you’ll hear from the balcony of heaven calling… “Loose her and set her free!.”