Yowzers!!! Yes, ripping off of the Band-Aid can be painful and hurt, but what if I told you that you have to HURT in order to HEAL?! Yep! That’s right. You wont need healing if there is no hurt. Duh!! God has been moving and speaking and after tonight’s bible study, He has confirmed and convicted! Not all things will be to your liking. There is a time and a season for all. A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to say “hi” and a time to say “goodbye”, and at the end of it, you have to count it all joy! Why!? Because we must remember that “We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28, KJV. If God brings you to it, He will bring you through it!
God is a protector and we hurt ourselves by being in dead relationships, or we have been hurt by others physically, mentally, and/or emotionally and guess what!? IT’S OKAY!! Forgive. Let go. It is time to heal. These are the exact words my Pastor said tonight at Bible Study (12/3/14) that made me not only confirm a closed and final chapter to a book, but to take it off the shelf and toss it into a fiery furnace!! “There’s only so much crying you can do about something. Don’t try to get God to cry with you. Know how to move on. Take your negative things and take that as a lesson, a stepping stool. Yes, negative things can be a lesson. If the do not become a lesson, you are going to repeat them. They MUST become a lesson.” -Pastor Tracy Casby, Sr., Full Life Faith Ministries. That lesson just may very have been your blessing!! Learn how to recognize those things, pray and ask God for discernment and for Him to open up your eyes.
There’s a meme I ran across that says: “The bad news is: Nothing lasts forever. The good news is: Nothing lasts forever.” How awesomely great is that?!?! You see, that pain will go away. Just like ripping off a Band-Aid, yes, initially it will hurt, but once you get over the shock of it and your wound is no longer hidden, you will begin to see your healing process! Hallelujah! God is a healer, Jesus came to heal all! Not just from physical ailments, but from deep down, down in you belly, heart wrenching, “I will never love again”, “I am not beautiful”, “I am nothing”, emotionally scarred hurt. I know when I was a kid, I loooooved Band-Aids!! (Don’t ask) I used to scratch myself, pick scars, or just make up booboos just so my mama could give me a Band-Aid, (but I was scared of shots, go figure! Blah) Anywho!! My point is, just like me as a kid, some of us like to pick at old wounds (go back to the past) or create new ones (staying when we should go) because we got used to having on Band-Aids, we liked the idea of being patched up because we didn’t have to look at our wounds since they were covered. But it is when you take that Band-Aid off when you begin to truly get back to normal.
Don’t let past hurt hinder your growth.
A past “love” hurt you!? So what?! Rescramble those letters in “hurt” and turn them into “Ruth” and know that your Boaz is down the road! Ruth was definitely hurt. She lost her husband and left everything she had known to follow her mother-in-law into a new town. You can’t tell me that wasn’t a tough Band-Aid to rip off!! But look what came out of that rippage.! Don’t give up. God can supply ALL. He can provide your spouse in the midst of this man drought (or woman drought for you men reading). Quit washing around the Band-Aid trying to keep it intact and don’t try to take it off slowly because honestly, that hurts more. Rip that sucker off, cry, scream, yell until you are gasping for air if you have to; but most importantly, heal and receive your breakthrough.
It is possible. Believe you me, but most importantly, believe that for yourself. I am a living witness to the miracles and works of God. To His awesome healing and protecting power. The scar(s) may still be there, but they are no longer covered; they’re free.
That is my prayer for each and everyone of us. Bless and be blessed.