“Heart-pain . . . never goes away on its own. It must be felt, embraced, and brought to a Healer.”- Christa Black Gifford
In Chapter 1 (“The Broken Heart”) of Heart Made Whole: Turning Your Unhealed Pain Into Your Greatest Strength, Christa Black Gifford poignantly describes the premature birth of her daughter Goldie. Anticipating the cries of life, Christa and her husband Luke instead encountered a screaming silence. For their precious Goldie lacked the top of her skull and most of her brain. Sadly, Luca Gold’s heart beat for only forty minutes. Thus, as Christa surveyed what she called a surreal scene, she described her heart-pain:
“Every part of my physical body still ached from the pain of natural childbirth, but that pain felt like a paper cut compared to the torturous agony that had just detonated within my heart.”
For years the author dealt with heart-pain incorrectly. Consequently, Christa tried to hide, numb, or avoid her pain. As a result, she knew that heart-pain never goes away on its own. You must feel, embrace, and bring that pain to the Healer.
Therefore, in those seconds of extreme torture, Ms. Gifford understood the seriousness of her choices. For those choices would affect her heart, her relationships, and the rest of her days of earth. So, inside of her broken heart, Christa made a life-changing choice. She chose to give her pain to Jesus.
In conclusion, Christa applies her experience to any type of trauma we possibly suffer:
“None of us finds out what we’re made of when everything is rolling along nicely; we find out who we really are when hell is pressing in from all sides. Trauma burns with such a hot fire that if we have any cracks in our foundation, all of them will be exposed.”
Today’s question: What heart-pain must you feel, embrace, and bring to the Healer? Please share.
Tomorrow’s blog: “Our inner realm either thrives or withers”