Revelation 21:4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.
Do you ever have one of those days when a negative emotion or memory just
pops up out of the blue? The day is seemingly going great, and
then-THUD here comes the remembrance of a hurtful event or
situation. Maybe the memory was prompted by something someone said,
something you read, or a date on the calendar that signifies a painful
memory. I had one of those moments recently. A memory was activated by what
someone said. Although it was not with the intent to cause any pain,
my mind flooded with some painful memories and questions for which I still
do not have the answers.
Those instances may knock
you backwards and threaten to knock you down. If you have already
dealt with forgiveness and letting go, then remind yourself that you
have done so and remember to: SORT, SIEVE, LEARN AND LEAVE.
-Sort out the truths and facts vs. feelings. Feel the emotions and refuse to linger on them.
-Sieve all the negatives, hold on to the positives. Let go of the things over which you have no control.
-Learn what God wants you to learn about yourself and about him.
-Leave the bitterness and bad memories behind.
If the memory/emotion lingers in your mind and you have not dealt with forgiveness and letting go, now is the time to do so.
cannot totally erase memories or avoid things that trigger the
memories. We can choose to avoid entertaining the side effects of those
memories deep inside us. In the not so distant past, the same memory
trigger would have sent me into a negative tailspin that would have
lasted for days. The internal commotion of asking why, how, and what
were they thinking would have been the focus of my day. This time, I
just said God I know you are still aware of this hurt and that I have
given it to you.
Thank God for taking care of all things!