In trying to determine the possibilities and requirements for my mom, I have been thinking. In looking at doorways and entrances into rooms and making them wheelchair accessible, I have had to decide which walls are support walls and which are not. That of course got me to thinking. Is that analogous to obstacles we face? Are some of the walls we face limits that are there for our own good?
Are some of our obstacles things that we can overcome if we attack them a little at a time? Of course they are. For example, when it comes to my own physical condition, it would have been foolhardy to try to run a marathon a month ago. It would be foolhardy to run one today. But I could already easily walk a 5K! Bit by bit I get stronger.
What about the emotional speed bumps? I am getting closer to discovering them~which means the solutions can be discovered, too. You see, if you are trying to plow a field and come upon a wall of rocks, you cannot possibly carry them away in your arms all at once, can you? So, too with things that hurt our hearts and get in the way of wholeness. They are like this wall:
That wall creates a barrier~and we cannot run free. But as we take apart our resistance to wholeness and authenticity, we can begin to clear that field. Now have all those rocks been useless? Quite the contrary. Those same stones, heartaches, and barriers will be put to good use, won’t they? Why yes, as we carry them from our field, those very lessons learned will become the stepping stones that carry our joyous feet across the rivers and streams to new wholeness. You see? it hasn’t been a waste at all. So pat yourself on the back! Can you think of a time when a lesson learned carried you across new streams? I’d love to hear about it!