That bright smile he had just minutes earlier turned into tears.
My four-year-old, Kaleb, came to me crying moments after I had left his room. So, what happened? you ask. Well, he had bumped into a wall and given himself a pretty good jolt. And, although there was no apparent injury, little Kaleb was clearly shaken up by it. Turns out, he had covered his head with a blanket (right after I told him not to do that) to see if he could stroll around without “running into” any problems.
It wasn’t until he hit a wall that he realized voluntarily shrouding himself in a cloak of darkness and causing temporary blindness on purpose with his blanket, likely, uh, wasn’t the best idea.
As I mentioned, I had just told Kaleb that was dangerous. In fact, we had a nice little talk about it and my youngest boy nodded dutifully. But, as soon as I turned my back, he went back to doing what he should not have. I guess there’s nothing like bumping your head up against a wall to teach you a lesson, huh?
We all know a thing or two about that.
That’s why I think we ought be more thankful than regretful for past failures and mistakes. Were it not for the pain we suffered as a result of our poor decisions, we would not possess the wisdom we now have. We may have trusted the wrong person with our heart, traveled down a road that led to despair, or voluntarily went against what we knew in our heart was right. Or perhaps, what we went through was not our fault at all.
Either way, the lessons can be learned and extracted just the same, if we’re willing to release the regret and pay close attention.
Listen. I know it’s not easy to endure failure, heartbreak, and transition. It’s easy to grow bitter, resentful, angry, and even depressed over it. It all seems so worthless and excruciatingly painful at the time. But, without pain there is no progress.
So today, I want to encourage you. No matter what you have been through, or are going through right now while you’re reading this, God is with you. Instead of sulking about it, thank Him that you’re still here. Today is a new day where you can start fresh and move forward in wisdom and understanding, while allowing your personal experience and the Holy Spirit to be your guide. Most importantly, give thanks for the life lessons learned through pain. They only make you smarter, better, and stronger.
Today’s Prayer: Lord, I’ve been through some uncomfortable and unpleasant situations. But I know that, whatever I must go through, You are able to help me and teach me the lessons I need to learn through my pain and struggle. Please reveal to me what I need to see, and give me a heart that is willing to receive Your wisdom and guidance. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.