Have you ever faced a battle in your life and wondered ‘why me?’ or ‘when will this ever end?’ Well today you are in the right place. I’m excited to share with you a book written by Dr. Jon Chasteen, Half the Battle: Healing From Hidden Hurts. A lot of us go through life discrediting the hidden hurts and trauma of our past, stuffing it down to hidden areas where it can’t hurt us anymore. We tell ourselves lies, ‘they don’t matter,’ or ‘I’m fine, that was the past,’ when in reality we keep those hurts hidden away, not healed from them, just put in a different area of our hearts.
Funny thing how the body works. It wants to heal. Although this method of suppression will serve you well for probably many years, it never lasts. God has a way of surfacing those hidden areas we’ve managed to keep ‘safe,’ by nudging us into areas of His eternal healing. It’s our choice whether we want to be healed or keep sitting on our mats like the paralyzed man.
“Then Jesus, deeply moved again, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a stone lay against it. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to him, “Lord, by this time thee will be an odor, for he has been dead four days.” Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?” John 11:38-40 ESV.
In biblical times, the dead weren’t necessarily buried but put in caves with large stones to seal them (cave burials were for the wealthy). They did this so there wouldn’t be the horrific odor from the dead that was buried there. The odor was kept hidden by the stone. Dr. Chasteen calls this the ‘stench behind the stone.’ He uses this example as a parallel of our undealt with pain.'Jesus is not okay with permanently sealed tombs.' #quote Dr. Jon Chasteen #HalftheBattle #healingClick To Tweet
How To Heal From Hidden Hurts
What’s so amazing about the story of Lazarus is, everyone had started the mourning process, there was no possibility of a miracle, their loved one was dead, end of story–Jesus entered the scene and changed everything. So why allow Lazarus’ sisters Mary and Martha, and all his loved ones go through all that pain in the first place? To show us what it looks like to invite Jesus into our pain. Dr. Chasteen, uses the story of Lazarus to paint the picture of what we do with our pain. How we try to bury our pain and seal it off in a grave without truly healing from it. He wants us to see what happens when we invite Jesus into our pain, how miracles and healing happen when we do.Jesus can resurrect any pain and bring it back to life Click To Tweet
Our pain is Jesus’ pain. You’re pain matters to him. “Jesus knows where you’ve hidden your pain” (quote, Chasteen). He wants us to take Him to that exact place where we stopped believing and gave up hope. Healing isn’t healing if it’s done half-way. Jesus knows the way to heal because He is our Healer.
Whatever the root of our pain, 'God can take whatever pain, whatever rejection, and whatever shame you carry and use it for His glory and for your good' #quote Chasteen #halfthebattleClick To Tweet
Maybe your pain stems from the pain of rejection. Or from the pain of being abandoned or forgotten. Maybe you’ve been the victim of abuse or racism.
The enemy will always use our pain for his evil plan. He’ll whisper lies it’s better to keep our pain hidden, attach shame to it, not allow Jesus in to help us, and to carry this burden on our own. We can’t change the pain of our pasts. We can’t pretend our past didn’t happen. We can only take steps towards allowing Jesus to have access to all areas of our hearts so He can heal the forgotten hidden areas of our heart. What the enemy uses for evil God will use for good (Genesis 50:20).
I will never forget when God did this for me in my life. I knew there were areas of pain and hurt I was holding onto. I knew God was nudging me to deal with them and allow Him to lead Him to the root. I kept saying, ‘no,’ until one day I couldn’t say, ‘no,’ anymore. He had brought me to the very place our son died in the hospital, when our daughter had broken the tip of her finger. God asked me in this moment, ‘Do you want to heal?’ I finally said, ‘yes.’ He then nudged me to walk into the place that caused so much of my pain, the room where our son died. The moment I stepped into the room, God gave me an overwhelming sense of peace, letting me know, you don’t have to hold onto your pain anymore, I have your son, I’m taking care of Him, you will see him again one day.
The key to healing is our willingness to heal.
Healing is hard but so worth it. Half the battle is being willing. Our willingness allows for places of honesty and vulnerability places where Jesus will do His amazing work in us, when we allow Him. We don’t always have to know how only trust that God knows a better way. We will never find healing and restoration in shame and pride. Everlasting peace and freedom will only happen when we partner with Jesus and let Him in, not when we try to carry our burdens on our own. We were created and made to have a holy dependence in God not a holy independence (kind of never works out when we do).
God doesn’t always provide the front door approach to our pain, because He knows many of us won’t walk through it! Sometimes He uses the back door approach, allows us to go through the battles, pain, and struggles so we can draw closer to Him and invite Him in. If you struggle with allowing God to have your pain, Half the Battle will help lead you to those place where hidden hurts reside. Dr. Chasteen will help you roll the stone away so you can deal with those hidden hurts that don’t allow one to heal.
Do you invite Jesus into your hidden hurts?
Where do you keep hidden hurts?
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