A story I heard goes like this: a young girl’s hand was stuck in a vase. When people saw it, they tried various strategies to remove her hand. Nothing seemed to work. They finally used a hammer to break the vase, only to find the girl’s hand balled into a fist. When asked why she didn’t open her hand in the vase, she replied, “Because I didn’t want to lose the coin in my hand.”
Sometimes, we delay our deliverance because we hold on to things that have happened. Our “coin” may be previous experiences, hurtful words, frustrating moments, or our own failures. These things can make us feel discouraged, depressed, or even doubtful, just like the man with the demon-possessed son. He learned, however, that if we let go and let God, we can enjoy freedom from the pain, sorrow, or disappointment that had us bound.
God is the “hammer” for every ‘vase” we get stuck in. He said, “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NLT). My prayer is that you’ll let God and let Him heal your hurt.
Thought to Consider:
Is there anything too hard for God?