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"Many times they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me" (Ps 129:2).
My husband and I have learned that when God beckons you to visit the past with Him, it's intended for your good. Yes, re-visitng a painful time in your life is painful, but He is a steady comfort through the tears. Eventually you remember what brought you joy as a child. For my husband, that is: snow, motorcycles, camping, fishing, hiking, DOGS, and more snow. (He's from Wyoming.) For me: all things "art", jogging, dancing, camping, cooking, eating good food with friends, reading, hiking, and DOGS.
I can't believe how many years of my adult life went by before I allowed God to restore my joy. I didn't realize that by refusing to give Him my pain, I was refusing my own repair! Don't be deceived. If God is prompting you to face your past, do it. Do it scared, but do it. You will glean joy from the most unlikely fields of painful memories. And you will be restored!
As I watched my husband ride a boogie-board down a hill with our Yellow Lab sitting between his legs, I thought to myself: "Kid fun"doesn't get much better than this!
Question: Can you think of something that brought you joy as a child? If you can't, ask God for revelation. From there, be good to yourself when you're facing the past. Make sure you do things that bring joy as well. You can trust God with your pain.
"The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; the deep closed around me; weeds were wrapped around my head. I went down to the moorings of the mountains; the earth with its bars closed behind me forever; yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord, my God (Jonah 2:5-6).
"When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord; and my prayer went up to You, into Your holy temple. Those who regard worthless idols forsake their own Mercy. But I will sacrifice to You with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay what I have vowed. Salvation is of the Lord" (Jonah 2:7-8 NKJV).
Published on Saturday, February 5, 2011 @ 9:12 AM CDT