And he said, “Hagar, servant of Sarai, where have you come from and where are you going?” “I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered. Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress . . . “-Genesis 16: 8-9
As Anne Graham Lotz continues her discussion of spiritual blind spots in Chapter 6 of Wounded by God’s People, she states that she found it difficult, if not impossible, to discover her own blind spots. She needed and requested God’s help.
When we ask God to shine the light of His truth deep into our hearts, we need to make time for Him to do so. Discovery of our blind spots is a process, not a quick fix. As Anne notes, this process is neither pleasant nor comfortable. It is painful and requires courage to look at ourselves the way God is revealing us to be. At the same time, this process is deeply cleansing, corrective, and freeing.
The only way we can begin to heal from our wounding is to refocus. Just as Hagar was not responsible for “fixing” Sarah’s attitude and actions, we’re not responsible for fixing those directly or indirectly involved in our ministry downsizing or vocation loss. In all probability, our wounders never will admit to any wrongdoing or seek our forgiveness.
But we are responsible for our words and behavior. We must turn around!
Today’s question: What spiritual blind spots has God revealed to you during your healing, transformational journey? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog; “All we’ve got to do is turn around”