I sliced my thumb while cutting brisket.
My three kids were running around like crazed, hungry animals, and in my rush I miscalculated the distance from the knife to my thumb. As I sliced, I knew I was about to be in a lot of pain. I was cutting hard because the brisket was lean. My wound was so deep that it had to be derma-glued together.
After about two weeks, the skin finally zipped up into a dandy little scar. Although my wound looked healed from the outside, I could tell that the inside was still tender. I would bump my thumb against a cupboard door while cooking or I would rub it across a hanger while doing laundry, and I would yelp in pain. Under normal circumstances, a thump or a rub wouldn’t hurt my thumb; but since it had been injured, the smallest accidents would cause it to sting.
As I stared at my seemingly healed thumb, I contemplated how many times people feel intense pain from small offenses made by others. I know that in my life, I have struggled with the tenderness of serious wounds. Although they have healed, I still yelp out in pain when others accidentally bump or rub that injured area. The pain I feel doesn’t match what occurred because I’m dealing with an issue that goes deeper into the ache of my heart.
I’m learning to analyze my feelings before I vent my anger toward a person who might have made a mistake or whose personality seems to aggravate my wound. I need to question whether I’m truly being mistreated or whether a tender area of the past is hurting. I strongly believe that my pain is a normal process of my healing, but I must realize that I need to give that pain to God. Only He will truly understand what I’m going through. I can give mercy to others and find my comfort in God.
Questions: What are some of your tender wounds? Are there people who seem to hurt you in this area? How can you show mercy while giving the pain to God?
“God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy” (Matthew 5.7 NLT).
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