Hello again! I hope you’re having a fun Friday. I wanted to pop on since I have a few minutes to write with the Five Minute Friday community.
I shared a story recently and the person listening remarked that I still sounded hurt. I agreed and knew that another lap of forgiveness was needed.
The process of forgiveness and getting rid of every bitter root can feel so slow sometimes. I can think I’m done and have checked off that box only to find that there’s still some left. Yet, leaving them there only blocks my heart and limits what God wants to do.
In the natural, I’m reminded of the debris left behind after pulling out a bush or shrub. When we did some landscaping and took out some overgrown shrubs the mess they left behind was surprising. Even if they did not go deep, they still left all sorts of little twigs, roots, dirt, and junk. The initial action only started the good work. We needed to stay the course and finish getting rid of it all. Then we needed to fill it back in with something new.
The same can be true of forgiveness and bitterness. What am I choosing today to fill back in? Am I choosing to tear out all the roots, deal with the debris, AND plant in hope, love, kindness? Or am I leaving the gaping hole to fill with the next little root? Am I listening to God’s prompting and to my own voice for those invitations to go deeper toward wholeness and healing?