Daniel 3:16-20 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to him, “King Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[c] from Your Majesty’s hand. 18 But even if he does not, we want you to know, Your Majesty, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.”
Do you find that it is sometimes really hard to let go of past hurts? Some days you are just fine. Most days you know that you are blessed. But even knowing how immensely blessed you are, you have days when you struggle greatly with your emotions. Like me, you probably wonder why the struggle. After all, God did bring you out.
Sometimes we are strong for the fight and sometimes we feel like we are losing the battle. Sometimes we just want balance. We want to be at peace and full of joy twenty four seven. We do not want to lose. We never want to get stuck. You might have known someone who died long before their physical heart stopped beating. The cycle of pain somehow became a stronghold of uselessness as it eventually separated them from relationships that would have revived them just in the natural course of the day to day.
In order to heal, I believe that pain needs to be defined. We must ask God to help us identify and show us how to think correctly about the pain we are feeling. He wants to bless us with clarity and emotional health.
There are times when we may need to talk to someone with more experience who can walk us through our faulty way of processing pain. If we don’t find it and take care of it, the poison will spread into our lives or the scar tissue will build around an old wound and keep us isolated. The damage can build and the unhealed wounds begin defining who we are becoming.
You and I will probably never know all of the answers to the “whys”. I don’t know if it will ever completely stop hurting. I don’t know if some measure of damage will always stay with us. I would like to be able to say that I know that God will heal all of us in this lifetime, but I can’t. That would be a lie.
God does heal. That is not a lie. But when we go through that tornado of unanswered questions and God lovingly pulls us back out to a place of peace, we see that we have one healing way to live out all of life and move beyond the questions and that is this: “.. the God we serve is able to deliver us from it, and he will deliver us[… But even if he does not…..”
I will still believe. I will choose to trust His heart and His hand.