Meanwhile, the moment we get tired in the waiting, God’s Spirit is right alongside helping us along. If we don’t know how or what to pray, it doesn’t matter. He does our praying in and for us, making prayer out of our wordless sighs, our aching groans. He knows us far better than we know ourselves, knows our pregnant condition, and keeps us present before God. That’s why we can be so sure that every detail in our lives of love for God is worked into something good. Romans 8:26-28 (The Message)
I was speaking with a client recently who had experienced significant trauma in her childhood. She was dealing with the added burdens of not being believed by others about her trauma, and the pain of loss and rejection she felt, and indeed still feels today.
We talked about the need to redefine herself, and not accept the confining narrative that has held her for so long. She needed to see that she has the power to define her own future. She can move toward an intended future that will be redemptive of her past pain. She can express that pain through her poetry, gardening, and other creative arts to redefine herself. She can see herself as a nurturer and as an artist, who will use her gifts, and even her pain, in the expression of hope for others for their healing, as well as her own.
The principle is that of “moving toward the good rather than just trying to avoid the bad”. Moving toward the good energizes us. Running away from the bad just eventually wears us out.
We choose to run toward the good, and take others with us!
Prayer: Lord, the pain we experience can be used for the good of others and for your Kingdom. Help us to see the ways to redeem the pain, Amen