Message from Olive Chapel

Twenty-three years ago I had an accident on a horse that left me with a fairly significant break to my ankle. After three months in a cast and some time recovering I was able to walk normal again. Over the years I discovered a love for running but that fracture has forever changed the integrity of my bone, and the older I get the more I am reminded of that old wound.

Some days I can go a full 6 miles with no problem, then other times I may be in the middle of a run when a whisper or hurt from the past turns into a scream. In those moments it does not matter how much I try to outrun the pain, I can’t. It is fair to say that in those moments the pain from my past is now affecting me in the present. If it is affecting me in the present, it is not really from the past. The only way for me to finish the run is to stop and address what is going on in my ankle, only then I am able to get back to my run.

There is a Scripture in the Bible that talks about forgetting what is behind and pressing on towards the goal (Philippians 3:14-15), and I have heard people use this Scripture as a way to encourage others to put a painful past behind them and simply move on. I am in full agreement with that in the proper context, but there are times that pains from the past are so severe that they show up in present life. We can try to ignore those pains, we can try to put them behind us, but they just keep interrupting our lives. If they are in the way of us living life to the fullest, they are not really in the past.

Our culture is not very comfortable with very normal intense emotions. We also aren’t comfortable with not having answers to tough situations. Often times we will come up with quick fixes that make us feel comfortable in the moment, even though they aren’t really addressing the pain. One way we do this is to quote Scriptures to make us feel more in control. I know I’m guilty of this, both in my own life, as well as when I am trying to journey with someone else in their pain. I want to say anything to get the attention off of my inability to “fix” the problem. But sometimes we have to stop running the race of life, and care for our wounded “ankle”, or rather heart, so we can get back in the race.

How do we address the pain of that past that is now in the present? It is only when we become authentic before our Heavenly Father, and begin to deal with the pain we are feeling head on that we begin to find healing. Unpacking disappointments in our childhood, adulthood, or prayer life is a great start. Jesus said, “Come to me all who are weak and heavy burdened and I will give you rest.”(Matt 11:28-30) When we learn to pour out our hurts at his feet we learn how to find his healing. This is the only way we can address emotional scars effectively.

If you are burdened with old wounds that show up in your present we would like to invite you to come to Olive Chapel. We would love to help you find healing at the feet of Jesus. Our services begin at 10:00 ET.

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