The lord’s Glory Out of A Hurt
A HURT, a significant part of our emotional history, is more likely to consider us away from God than to God, because of pride. The truth is, at this time, all of us cannot handle the truth – in order to coin the Jack Nicholson term out of A Few Good Men (1992).
A case in point from my own existence: at an inappropriate time in my life, getting just married, and having furthermore recently dealt with a brief bout associated with depression, I distinctly felt what I thought was the call of God prompt me to apply for a ministry position that I was actually currently involved in. When my application was not considered I became quite immediately resentful. Even though it wasn’t the right time for me I was insisting that it was the perfect time – actually because of additional fears. What I felt was the contact of God wasn’t actually the call of God at all – though I couldn’t see it at the time. We all know it is the work of the enemy whenever we begin to see things purely from your own viewpoint. During this time I experienced no one supporting me, because, to be honest, it was plain to the people nearest to me – it was wrong for me; the situation, my mode of operation, and even the thoughts I was thinking. It was all about hurt. I grew to become consumed by it. “How could they will not see it, ” was my prevailing thought.
Yet God always has something better in mind if we are even vaguely aiming to cooperate with his will. And I was.
Out of such a period of being hurt was birthed the writing ministry that continues these days – and, to this point, this most recent article. God used the situation associated with my hurt, and, in enabling me to remain involved in active Christian ministry, I was given the opportunity to come around to the truth that I as soon as just could not handle. God’s elegance was gentle and generous in assisting me to a point of recognition. God created something that I had not even dreamt about beforehand. God actually used my method of creating to help me, by his Spirit, to heal myself.
God’s fame is made manifest out of the processing of a hurt in the honesty of our courage and God’s grace as we conquer our pride. Grace helps us approach the truth we previously cannot handle. Grace facilitates healing, because he gifts us enough courage in all honesty about our human weakness.
© 2013 S. L. Wickham.
Dorrie Wickham is a Baptist Pastor that holds Degrees in Science, Divinity, and Counselling. Steve writes with: http://epitemnein-epitomic.blogspot.com.au/ and http://tribework.blogspot.com.au/