#VOD: Isaiah 40:31

“But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”

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This verse is an incredible encouragement, but it comes with a requirement. Yes, we will find new strength. Yes, we will soar high on wings like eagles. Yes, we will run and not grow weary, and YES, we will walk and not faint…

But… We must trust in the Lord.

I always find it ironic how the Lord calls us into seasons of growths. Whether it be dealing with grief, breakups, financial struggles, our pasts, etc… There are always two paths to take.

1- Run. Run as fast and hard as you can AWAY from your pain & problems.

2- Run. Run TOWARDS your problems.

If we are honest. I typically respond to the first one.
Recently, I have started to come to terms without a lot of pain that I have run from. Things I never properly grieved through. Hurts, disappointments and overall deep deep emotional pain. I’ve always done my own sense of “medicating”… Never with real medication or alcohol, but with whatever would make that pain disappear, even for just a moment.

Why? Because it is easier. It seems easier to get the short-term satisfaction, that covers up the deep pain. And you do it again, and again, and again until the pain is no longer as bad. Most of us chalk that up and getting over it and the hurts not being there. Realistically, we just ignored the wound long enough for the infection to cause it to be numb. Never truly dealing with it, but simply backing away from it until you don’t have to feel it anymore…

I’ve noticed that I tend to do this even in my workouts at the gym every morning. I am an avid (lazy) Crossfit person who avoids the “pain cave” aka “I feel like my lungs are going to burst, it’s going to throw up at any moment, and I’m going to feel this for at least an hour afterward, etc…”

This time around. I want to be a 2. I want to run towards my problems, towards my pain, towards the disappointments, and let go.
There is beauty in the pain. There is such growth opportunity in the pain. There is greatness that is birthed out of pain. If we look at all the major figures in the Bible, we can see that there were moments of immense pain.

One of my favorites is David… He is my favorite because we can see both options portrayed in his life. We can see the pain behind option 1, and the power behind option 2. The pain is still there regardless, but the outcome is a major difference…

Friends. No matter what you are going through today… Hurt with a purpose. Hurt with a plan. Press into God with all you got. Spend time with Him. Seek His heart. Allow yourself to be wrapped up in His loving arms as you work through the pain. When we do that and trust in the Lord… Amazing things can happen.

The pain is something to embrace. The fakeness of religion will destroy our heart without even knowing it….

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