PUBLISHED: May 24, 2019 • 2 minute read
Recently, I've had some experiences that caused me to step into a greater level of freedom. This freedom is found in not being afraid of the hurt that others can cause me. I am not a slave to the emotional pain of intentional or unintentional remarks.
Sometimes, when I am out in public, people see that I walk with my cane and they do or say things that are well-intended but not executed properly. I can choose to let their actions and comments take root in my identity and ruin my day, or I can choose to live in the freedom of submitting the situation into the Lord’s hands.
I do not want to live my life afraid of what others think of me or afraid of the pain others may cause me. I want to live my life in the full freedom that Jesus offers, which includes the freedom to be confident in my identity as His daughter regardless of the situation.
I am learning how to respond when people randomly approach me with comments about my visual impairment that do not always come off very kind. It is an awkward situation, but I believe I will respond better as time goes on and I become more experienced in how to handle these unexpected encounters and situations.
What I do know is that God is the Healer, and His healing reaches far deeper than any wound someone can cause me. I do not have to carry the weight of the inconsiderate comments of others because I can choose to entrust them to His care. I know that my identity is found in Christ, and the identity He gives me is secure and unshakable, independent of every circumstance.
God will often permit us to encounter situations that cause us fear and insecurity so that we can walk in new levels of freedom and fearlessness by relying on Him for help.
No one can hurt you deeper than God can heal you.
Galatians 5:1, Isaiah 53:4-5, 2 Corinthians 12:9, Psalm 73:26