Honestly if I can get away with not feeling pain, I will go to great lengths to escape it.
My little lady had her immunisations today and I had to leave the room, I could not handle hearing her pain.
You see when I was a little girl I spent a lot of time in hospital sick, Needles, IV drips and doctors offices carry a resounding place of fear deep in the memories of my heart. I hate physical pain. The memories of the vulnerability still send shivers up my spine.
The thing about immunisations is though, they are designed to protect us from a whole heap more pain, if we get the diseases they are protecting us against.
A bit of pain now, to save a whole lot of sickness in the future.
I find that wisdom is like an immunisation for the soul.
When we seek it, it protects, guides and keeps us away from places that could possibly end in great danger for the future.
Wisdom is an intuitive knowledge, that helps us make decisions that stop us from going down paths, that will lead to unsafe places.
Despite the protective nature of wisdom we each have pain from past experiences that needs to be processed and let go of, to move brilliantly into our new chapters.
What about the pain that lingers deep in our souls, that we desperately try to keep submerged?
Just like this proverb 14: 13 talks about…
Laughter can conceal a heavy heart, but when the laughter ends, the grief remains.
We each carry around wounds and deep memories of pain that sometimes is just too hard to face.
“The marks humans leave are too often scars.” John Green, The Fault in Our Stars
As hard as it is to face these places with care and in the right season, a woman of wisdom faces her pain.
She asks for help,
She opens her heart to those who are safe,
She does not hide behind masks of confidence and pride, she finds a way to unpack the baggage that has tried so desperately to become her companion.
Proverbs 4: 20-22 encourages us to find ways to let go of the pain in our hearts and move forward into the future. Finding health for our whole being.
“My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.”
Proverb 3: 1-3 encourages us to reform and heal our hearts with words of life and promise.
“My son, do not forget my teaching,
but keep my commands in your heart,
for they will prolong your life many years
and bring you peace and prosperity.
Let love and faithfulness never leave you;
bind them around your neck,
write them on the tablet of your heart.”
Imagine if the health of our heart was a window into our soul. Just like this proverb describes, a tablet that our life is written upon.
Has pain kept your heart contained?
Is there deep conversations, that are waiting to be released?
Every one of us have seasons and dialogues of pain, the problem is not discovering or finding where the wound is. They often rear their little heads around every corner, the problem is finding safe and valuable ways to release them.
A woman of wisdom finds safe ways to face her pain.
She let’s the past go, she forgives and she releases.
My prayer across this whole month of writing has been that the time I am giving to researching the depths of life found in the book of proverbs would bring transformation.
The greatest gift we can give to our families is finding ways to let the past go and to live fully in our present.
Do you need to find a counsellor?
Is there a story inside your heart that you need to write and reframe?
Has forgiveness been slow to rise in your heart for a person who hurt you deeply?
Facing those places of pain with health and in the right season can be the greatest release into a new season of hope for you.
Let go of that which is holding you down my friend.
Step out into new and broader horizons.
To keep reading here is tomorrows post: she finds the rest she requires