Old Feelings Were Resurrected
Ever have something unexpected happen that quickly reopens an old wound you thought was scarred shut? Suddenly the pain takes you back in time to a place you would rather forget. Before you know it you’re anxiety is sky rocketing. Satan has you thinking that any perceived progress made was all in your head. Your first knee jerk reaction is you just can’t believe you’re still living in the past.
Earlier I returned back to physical therapy for the first time in two weeks. After just a minute or two of exercise I felt something pop. I then felt a pain in a previously operated area that I’ve never felt before. I instantly knew it wasn’t a good kind of pain. My heart sunk as I became terrified of what this meant. Was all my efforts towards recovery flushed? I really wasn’t sure at that moment.
Now, I’ve had several hours to calm down. And while my pain is greater than before I know in my heart I will be alright. Whatever happened just completely stirred up my nerve pain. And with that stirred up pain came with it unwanted emotions from the past. Fortunately, I’ve learned over time that Satan loves to send trigger pains our way in hopes of paralyzing us with fear and discouragement. He hopes it will make us quit trying or believing. Satan is always trying to get into our head and heart.
Its critical in these moments we recognize the enemies motives. That we realize that it’s just another temptation and trial. And that we need only be still and know that He is God. This is why we can’t let feelings inside our gut play into faith in our God.
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
1 Peter 5:8
“Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7