Why are so many things so HOT! Toasters, curling irons, ovens, coffee! There are entirely too many ways to get burned around the house! Okay, I admit it, I really like most of the things I’ve been burned by…I just don’t like the getting burned part!
Take this morning for example. I was making some toast and part of the bagel got stuck down bellow the rim of the toaster. I had two choices (well, three really but I’m not supposed to put a fork into it):
A. Turn the toaster upside down and get the piece out…along with all the other debris hiding in there.
B. Ever so carefully (like in the game Operation) stick my nimble fingers inside and carefully pluck it out.
I’m not as nimble as I thought I was, now there are a lot of toast crumbs on the microwave top. Plan A worked just fine, a bit messy, but it got the job done.
A few minutes later I was prepping the coffee pot and felt this stinging feeling on my thumb. I looked at the spot and couldn’t see a thing…but the pain was there. Something had hurt my thumb, but I couldn’t place what it was. Now, I’m no sissy, I didn’t yelp in pain or ball my eyes out (I save that for the really big stuff), but I was a bit baffled. Then it hit me, The Toaster! I had a little “duh” moment all to myself.
Have you ever been hurt by something And couldn’t for the life of you remember where it came from? A cut, a bruise, a burn? I’m sure we’re all nodding our heads…there are LOTS of stories that could be told for sure!
How about something more severe? I saw a movie recently where one of the characters had been through a major trauma and been really injured…without even knowing it! It took another character to point it out! But that happens. Everything else around them at the moment is more pressing and even seems more urgent, so they just don’t “see” it.
Our hearts are like that. We can be doing something great, caring for people out of love, serving, being like Christ…and not even realize we’re becoming wounded. I’m not saying that what were doing is bad (although it might be), it’s good to care for others, we need to show God’s love…but if you get hurt…see the Doctor.
Sheri and I saw a counselor a few months back (“counselor” isn’t a bad word by the way). We had been wrestling with some life issues that had been dogging us consistently for a number of years. We braced ourselves for what we figured would be the painful months ahead, but we knew something needed to be figured out.
As we sat on the couch we painted pictures in our minds of how difficult digging out was going to be. But then God surprised us. Our counselor very skillfully showed us some unseen “injuries,” wounds we didn’t even know we’re there. Once those areas were uncovered the healing process went much quicker than we expected! But someone else had to show us what we couldn’t see.
Can I encourage you in something? If your carrying pain around, go talk to someone trustworthy. If you can’t even see it for yourself, listen to those who care about you and are trying to let you know. We all need to be bandaged up from time to time…that’s how we keep going on. I’ll be praying for your discoveries, and your healing.
Oh, and watch out for the toaster, that little buggers HOT!