A HURT, a significant part of our emotional history, is more very likely to take us away from God in order to God, because of pride. The truth is, at the moment, we cannot handle the truth – to coin the Jack Nicholson phrase out of A couple of Good Men (1992).
A case in point from my very own life: at an inappropriate time in my entire life, having just married, and getting also recently dealt with a brief bout of depression, I distinctly experienced what I thought was the call associated with God prompt me to apply for a ministry position that I was really already involved in. When my software wasn’ t considered I became quite instantly resentful. Even though it wasn’ t the right time for me I used to be insisting that it was the right time – actually because of other fears. The things i felt was the call of Lord wasn’ t actually the call associated with God at all – though We couldn’ t see it at the time. We all know it is the work of the enemy when we begin to see things purely from our own viewpoint. During this time I experienced no one supporting me, because, quite frankly, it was plain to the people nearest to me – it was wrong for me; the situation, my mode of procedure, and even the thoughts I was considering. It was all about hurt. I became consumed by it. “ How can they not see it, ” had been my prevailing thought.
But God always has something better in mind if we are even vaguely looking to cooperate with his will. And am was.
Out of this type of season of being hurt was birthed the writing ministry that proceeds today – and, to this point, this particular latest article. God used the situation of my hurt, and, in allowing me to remain involved in active Christian ministry, I was given a chance to come around to the truth which i once just could not handle. God’ s grace was gentle plus generous in helping me to a point of recognition. God created something which I hadn’ t even dreamt about beforehand. God actually utilized my method of writing to help me personally, by his Spirit, to heal myself.
God’ s glory is made manifest out of the processing of a hurt in the honesty of our courage plus God’ s grace as we get over our pride. Grace helps all of us approach the truth we previously could hardly handle. Grace facilitates healing, as they gifts us enough courage in truth about our human weakness.
© 2013 S. M. Wickham.