Are you getting the message?

Remember when you accidentally touched a hot stove or got too close to a fire? What was the result?


Have you considered the message of pain?

It was so you’d move your hand! If you hadn’t felt that searing, sharp signal of pain, your hand could’ve been seriously injured before you realized what was happening.

Physical pain was the messenger, sending a clear signal that something had to change. Physical pain keeps us safe by warning of further danger.

Emotional pain warns of danger in a similar way. It calls loudly and incessantly for change. Emotional pain invites us to consider a different path, to find new ways of thinking, or to seek help from someone else.

Instead of numbing that pain with distractions or addictions, I invite you to sit quietly and ask yourself some introspective questions something like these: “What is causing that pain? Is it something I am doing? Is it guilt? Could it be fear? Why am I so afraid? Maybe it has to do with….”

Then ask, “What is my first step to healing?”

Next, engage in contemplative prayer followed by pondering and journaling. As you turn to your inner wisdom and guidance from heaven, answers will come. Your first step will be outlined, and as you step forward in faith, your path to wholeness will begin to form.

C. S. Lewis put it well: “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciouses, but shouts in our pain. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.”




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