I've stepped on a few Legos in my time. There are few things more painful...and I've had two children so that's saying a lot. A few weeks ago I experienced something that tied for first place on that list. So have you ever slammed your hand in a car door? That junk hurts. And it hurts infinitely more when your children are present and you have to use every ounce of your being to filter the response that comes with 100% of your pain receptors firing all at once. My vocabulary consists of a bank of millions of words that I've been exposed to over my 40+ years of life. When that door shut on my hand I could only think of 1 word. One. Out of all the words I have every heard only one came to mind. And it wasn't a word I use or even hear on a regular basis. I stuffed my larger than life response into a 1x1 cm box and squeaked my way to the door handle to free my fingers from the car door. My hand throbbed. My children snickered. My tongue was bitten. Some things belong in a dark little box... Others have no business there.
My sister is my best friend. She has a wonderful saying that sticks with me in painful situations: "Don't waste the pain."
If you have to go through it, you might as well use the pain to learn something or for someone else's good instead of stuffing it all in a little box to die in the dark. The more of you that gets crammed in that little box, the less of you is available to grow. Less of you is available to live. Less of you is available for your purpose. Less of you is available for others as we poison ourselves from the inside out.
"I am God, your Healer." Exodus 15:26b
What an easy verse to commit to memory and it has the potential to be a game changer for lots of us. If we can take the brave first step of opening up that box the God of the Universe has promised to help us face what's inside, and NOT WASTE THE PAIN.
"You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives." Genesis 50:20
Let there be no mistake here, the saving of many lives often includes your own...because who can you share your life giving story with if you are still in the act of dying yourself?
Your box is getting full.
Open it up. Let the light in. There's a life inside waiting to grow.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.