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Even When It Hurts!

By Angela Willingham


The process of getting from one place to the next might sometimes take longer than we expected.  It might appear to be more difficult than necessary.  The truth is that if it was up to us we would cheat, cut out some parts and arrive at a destination a lot quicker and with a few less scraps, scars and bruises, but the question would have to be asked, was the process  complete.

I was sharing with a friend something that I had been praying about the other day.  I told her I was praying for God to do a quick work.  She counselled me to pray that His work be complete.  That it accomplish exactly what He intended for it to accomplish, because we do not want any do overs.  I had to take that into consideration as I was praying because she was right.  I don't want any do overs in my life or in the lives of anyone else.  I took some shortcuts in the past and that is exactly what they resulted in, an incomplete and unfinished work.  In Hebrews 4:12-13 (The Message-MSG), the bible says, 12-13 God means what he says. What he says goes. His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God’s Word. We can’t get away from it—no matter what.  The word will do the work.

It's easy to look at our situations and try to figure out what part is somebody else's fault, how they did us wrong, but how about changing our view and recognizing that maybe, just maybe God has a plan in all of it.  Maybe the hurt and disappointment is all part of His plan to draw us back to Himself so that He can get the glory.  Maybe we have been asking the wrong question and instead of saying Why is this happening we should be saying what do you want me to learn from this?  How is what is happening here supposed to impact and change my life for the better?  Yes, it hurts!!! No I don't like it!!!  But since I know you are the master of all things.  Since I know it could only happen because you allowed it, I will change my thought process and no longer play the blame game.  No longer being the victim in my own made for TV personal drama and move through it in your power asking for your view of the situation. 

In the process of healing any hurt or wound some pain must be experienced.  In the process of becoming stronger in any area of our lives there is a process and there may be some pain.  If you have ever been to an exercise or fitness class you have heard the saying "no pain, no gain".  It is the same with life.  If we refuse to walk through the painful moments, avoiding them and doing it our way, we will not grow.  I saw a poster and it said, "don't just go through life, grow through life!"  What does that mean?  We have to stop trying to have it our way and just deal with what feels good.  Life does not always feel good.  The things we go through to help us grow into mature, responsible adults are not always pain free or fun.  Some of those experiences cost us something.  They cost us relationships, attitudes and they cause us to have to change.

If we desire to be the people God wants us to be it may be painful.  We may have to deal with some of the issues of our pasts, but if we will allow it, we will be the better for it.  God has an awesome plan for each of us and if we want to walk it out we will have to deal with some of the hard issues.  We will have to deal with some of the old stuff that we would rather leave untouched.  We will have to stop carrying old baggage along with us and believing that whatever we do is okay and people just need to deal with it and with us.  We will recognize that the world does not and should not revolve around us, because the truth is that none of us is that important.  Nobody likes pain, but if you want to be the best you that you can be you will have go through the process and the process might just require you to go through something. 


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