March 27, 2011There is so much pain in this world and so much more behind these walls. Yet people are hesitant to expose their pain because they are convinced that bottling it up is the only remedy. I’ve come to learn that when you allow someone to tell you their story, they begin to allow you to see the pain behind their eyes: a pain that often consumes their every thought. This pain, if not released through purposed coping, can leave the host evading a taste of peace.
When we experience pain, for whatever reason, we must confront that pain head-on or all we will ever see is that tragedy, that difficulty, that experience. Hearing someone’s story with an open ear gives the person an opportunity to release the ugly emotions that suffocate the peace from that pain. Your open ear usually opens their heart and mind, which presents the basis behind purposed coping. I know this sounds crazy, but it’s true, and when we learn to use our pain for progression, then we are closing the gap between our pain and the awaited peace.
I have had the humbling privilege to listen to several of my new tier-mates’ stories and have found that the pain that is exposed has typically been the barrier blocking their progress. If it’s never exposed and released, it will leave the host empty and crippled.
Whether behind these walls or free, the pain behind our eyes can have purpose. When we commit to use our pain, as opposed to letting the pain consume us, we will discover the hidden peace in our pain.
Either let your own pain out or take the time to hear somebody else's story and you will be certain to have broken down barriers that might have otherwise engrossed our lives. There is purpose in our pain and as uncomfortable as it may be, we need to start exposing what’s behind our eyes so we can walk forward in what God has for us. True healing can never take place unless the wound is first exposed, then cleansed, and then treated appropriately.
Take the time to get behind the eyes and use an open ear to close a wound! God is good!
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”