In a recent article in the Globe and Mail, an English woman talks about her experience of being sent from England to Canada as a child because her country “deemed her to be a burden.” She and her three siblings were taken away from her single mother and she was sent to Canada at 11 years of age. She grew up thinking that her mother had abandoned her. It was an ugly chapter in Britain’s child welfare policy. When she asked her mother later about it, the mother said, “I blacked it all out.” When the daughter was asked about how she handled the experience, she said, “I put these things at the back of my mind and got on with life – what else can you do?”
You can see that one strategy people use to deal with painful experiences is to erect walls and to put memories away. Unfortunately, the memories are not gone and they tend to resurface at the most inappropriate times. The rhetorical question “what else can I do?” is interesting because it implies that there is nothing else you can do and that using a wall is the only solution.
The good news is that there really is another option. Instead of avoiding the issue, you can choose with your free will to invite Jesus into the memory/experience. You can ask Him to take the pain away and replace the hopelessness with the Truth that He wants you to receive. His Truth will set you free. Too many people are not aware that Jesus wants to help them deal with painful experiences. Let me encourage you to invite Jesus into your painful memories or situations and ask Him to speak truth and life into your mind. You might be surprised to find how easy it is to have pain free memories. Then you too can take down your walls.
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