"It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery". Galatians 5:1
TRIGGERS AND TEMPTATIONS
Ponder: Glass can be very beautiful and reflect the most amazing colors and be moulded into beautiful works of art. When broken it can also cause harm, and significant pain. In our group yesterday, we were talking about very painful trigger scenarios. We reflected on our reactions to another's interaction with us and one precious friend said," it is like a shard of glass in me is wrenched, that is the pain that I feel when..." We all want to be free of these radical reactions and the pain of past hurt. Where do we go? What do we do? What can we do? Listen to Psalm 13 and imagine the enemy being your own flesh, pain of memory and the present infliction of pain.
How long, Lord? Will you forget me for ever?
How long will you hide your face from me?
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts
and day after day have sorrow in my heart?
How long will my enemy triumph over me?
Look on me and answer, Lord my God.
Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death,
and my enemy will say, ‘I have overcome him,’
and my foes will rejoice when I fall.
But I trust in your unfailing love;
my heart rejoices in your salvation.
I will sing the Lord’s praise,
for he has been good to me.
Action: Following this Psalm's plan of action: Express your pain and struggle to the Lord with absolute honesty. Speak it out loud. Ask Him to give you a way to overcome, a way through; "light." At the end of
your conversation with the Lord, declare your trust, praise Him for His deliverance and voice aloud His goodness towards you. Absolute pain and honesty can co-exist with belief and trust, praise and singing. Let's try this!
Prayer: Lord, this seems so very counter intuitive to tell you about my struggles, hurts and pain, even frustration and despondency, then turn around and declare trust with singing and praise. Help me not let the circumstances of this broken world tear me away from enjoying and spending time with You. Heal me Lord! You know the circumstances of my shard of glass, You alone can blunt the pain. I believe in You.
Challenge: The challenge today is to spend time with our heavenly Father, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Stop still for a few minutes; Lord, here I am. I need You. Do this especially when the temptation/triggers are trying to pull you in a different direction.