Have you ever been perusing social media and suddenly you see something or someone that brings an overwhelming emotion of grief, sadness, loss or anger? It is a pop up that reminds you of an unreconciled situation.

You thought, after all, you had already worked  through these feelings with God’s help. But suddenly the anger and grief return. Your heart is heavy with emotions that you thought were resolved. Where did these emotions come from? How were they stuffed down so deep and why did they pop  up at this time?

I have a friend who said a counselor shared with her that when we stuff these unresolved issues down, they are like ping pong balls. God allows them to pop up back up when we least expect it. What do we do with these pop-ups? Remember, none of this is a surprise to God.

We can try and stuff them back down because it is too painful or we can ask Jesus to help us deal with them. Always remember that we are a work in progress. Paul reminds us in Philippians 1:6, “being confident of this that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

It is so comforting to know that we are a work in progress and being real with Jesus is our first step. We cannot tell Him anything that He does not already know. However, He promises to tell us our next step. In Jeremiah  33:3 our Lord says, “He is there to help us when we journey through difficult times. He also rejoices with us when we allow Him to  help us deal with unresolved painful issues that pop up unexpectedly.

Spend time in prayer and read the Bible to claim His promises of love and hope. Ask a trusted friend to pray with you. We were never meant to  do life alone.

He asks us to come to Him for help when we are struggling with pain and hurt. We are told in Hebrews 4:16, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need.”

God has not left us alone in our struggles. His word offers encouragement and grace for us as we navigate back into peace and  joy.

NOM