When we go through difficult or traumatic experiences it causes more damage than we often realise. We can even shut down our emotional responses in an effort to just get through whatever we are facing, almost like “putting a lid” on our internal world so that we can simply survive what we are experiencing.
When we suffer loss, disappointment, death, sickness, rejection etc we can “put the lid on” the hurt and emotion these experiences carry. The problem is that some people forget to take the lid off ever again. They live in a confined often fearful space, and even though they may look okay on the outside, their internal world is suffering, and the longer the lid stays on the more negative the effects elsewhere. It can manifest in sickness, anxiety, anger, control and trust issues, and an inability or difficulty to communicate, connect and receive from God and others.
Taking the lid off can be scary. We don’t want to have to revisit some things, or think about why we are feeling and reacting sometimes years later. We can even feel like we should be over this by now.
But God wants us to be healed and whole and He knows that even though it’s tough to do, it’s for our own good that we be honest about where we are at. Trauma can mess with the internal workings of our very being and it’s really important to talk, to get wise counsel, and to allow God into every space, so we can soak in his healing presence and hear the truth of His word. I am a great believer in just soaking and soaking and soaking in God’s presence because when we do things move out of our life, and He moves in.
Today if you have “put the lid on” to cope with something in your life, remember you need to take it off again at some stage. Otherwise all the hurt and trauma will grow, fester and eventually come out somewhere, and it’s usually not very pretty when it does.
Take the lid off, and let the hurt out and God in, so He can heal and restore you to full health in every way.
“He heals the broken hearted and binds up their wounds” (Psalm 147:27)
“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well- balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7 Amplified Bible)
“You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.” (Isaiah 26:3)
Prayer: Jesus thankyou that you know what it is to go through trauma as you went through it on the cross. Help me to trust you enough to take the lid off and let you in. In Jesus Name Amen.