Day 11: Self-Massage
Sometimes my muscles become so tight and sore from a particularly difficult workout that I can barely move my them. One morning, my shoulder muscles were extremely sore from my work out the previous day that I could barely lift my arms. The tightness made it difficult to write at the computer. I realized that I needed to massage the tender muscles or else I would not be able to fulfill my calling as a writer that day. Finally, I grabbed some massage lotion and sat down on the floor. I knew what I needed to do. I proceeded to gently rub one of my shoulders, loosening the muscle fibers. After the muscle became warm, I then began to really manipulate the muscle, stretching and prodding the sinews of the entire shoulder. Needless to say, the process really hurt, and I wanted to stop several times. But I knew that if I didn’t work the tension out of my shoulder, I would not be able to write.
When I was done with one shoulder, I went to the next shoulder. I manipulated the muscle, rubbing my thumbs and finger through the width of my shoulder to the pectoral muscle. When I finally finished both shoulders, I laid back on the ground. I was glad it was over, and I felt so much better. I gained a better range of motion of both arms and the tension had loosened a bit. I went back to my computer and began to write again, relieved that I had done what was good for me even though it hurt.
Many times God calls us to obediently do what hurts. We have tension in our life that will only be resolved if we obediently go through a painful process of restoration and healing. The longer we resist doing what God has called us to do, the longer we must wait before we can do the greater things He has planned for us. Sometimes this means we need to cut stuff out of our schedule. Other times we may need to apologize for past actions. And maybe God has even called us to go to seek help from others with counseling or coaching. But whatever it is, we must stay committed even when it hurts so bad that we want to give up. The process will eventually be over, and we will be able to rest in our newfound peace and relief.
“For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may endure for a night,
But a shout of joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30.5 AMP).
Father, I don’t want to keep avoiding a painful process that you are calling me to because I know it is preventing me from accomplishing the greater things that You have planned for me. Help me to finally overcome my fears and just get the pain over with, so I can move on in peace. I know that the tension will be gone, and I’ll finally be able to heal. It is difficult to obediently walk through pain, but I trust that You know what You are doing and You have my best interest at heart. Help me today to make the decision to finally obey what I have been evading for some time. I pray this in Jesus’ name, amen.
- Is there a difficult process that you have been delaying?
- Do you have tension in your life that is preventing you from fulfilling your purpose?
- Do you need to seek additional resources to help you on your way to healing?
The pain gives way joy!