For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11
Life can throw you a curveball. Whether you are going through a trial or have come out of one, as you move forward in life, you may experience a feeling that wants to take you back to where you have been set free. Have you ever got over something, and then you are watching a movie and it brings up emotions from that period in your life? If it is an unpleasant memory, it may attempt to linger on throughout the day, take you out of your peace, or even put you in a bad mood. These are called triggers.
Triggers are not fun and can come on suddenly. It may even be hard to shake off depending on the nature of the pain. Everyone’s triggers are not the same, nor do they manage them in the same way. Therefore, you should not feel judged or accept judgment from others when you are healthily doing your best to cope with the situation.
I am here to remind you that our God is a healer. Time truly heals all wounds. If you can visualize scraping your knee as a child and looking down at the same wounded area sometime later, healing had occurred without you watching the process. One of my favorite verses is:
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18
I meditated on that Word during a trying season in my life. I felt joy and God’s peace even though the situation around me had not yet changed. I know it may be easier said than done when I do not know what you are facing. However, I do know we can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). God says it, and I have experienced it!
I would recommend when you experience a trigger to immediately take those thoughts captive. Do not give the enemy a foothold to take up residency in your mind.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. 2 Corinthians 10:5.
You have the power in you to speak life over your situation and not succumb to those triggers. God is faithful, and His promises are true. My prayer is this post encourages you today to hold on to God’s unchanging hand. You are an overcomer in Christ.
If you need additional support, reach out to your insurance company. There are employers who offer paid sessions with a licensed professional through their Employee Assistance Program. Connect with support groups in your church or community, if necessary, but do not feel like you are alone.
God wants you whole – spiritually, mentally, and physically – and there is nothing wrong with asking for help if you need it. Stay connected with Jesus in prayer and keep the faith that things will turn around in your favor.
If you’re not saved today, then I encourage you to visit my Salvation Prayer page. Welcome Jesus Christ in your heart today. You will not thirst again. He will give you living water. (John 4:10) Praise God!
Love you all in Christ,
Ayesha L. Shoulders