During childbirth with my first son, I learned a very valuable technique for keeping as calm as possible in a painful situation. It actually even helped the pain to feel less intense. Now I will say, this was childbirth, people, it hurt. And at some point even this technique was useless, but I was surprised with how far it got me!
I was thinking about that the other day, in conjunction with another constant problem I have, which is letting go of my old life and abilities. Yes, again. Life is like that, isn’t it? We continually have to beat down the same old demons.
The technique I used was something I read (don’t remember where) that if you keep your face smooth and your hands loose, it will help the pain and will help you be able to stay calm for longer. This is a perfect technique for someone with a problem letting go, isn’t it??
Here I sit, dreams tightly grasped in my fists, white-knuckling it through the pain of the birth of something new that God is doing in me.
In the grip of that pain, techniques to help are not something that come readily to mind. I must focus and remind myself constantly. I must check my face and hands, my breathing, to ensure that they are following my own instructions.
Breathe in, breathe out, in pattern that is differing dependent on the level of pain. Keep your breaths steady, breathe away the pain.
He himself gives life and breath to everything, and he satisfies every need. – Acts 17:25
Keep your face smooth, your eyes lightly closed in trust. Refuse to grimace, don’t furrow your brow. Let your face be a placid and peaceful beacon in the midst of your storm.
Now lay your hands lightly in your lap. Keep the fingers relaxed. Refuse to make a fist, release your grip. Let the old slip through your fingers, and keep your hands open for the new.
Behold, I will do a new thing,
Now it shall spring forth;
Shall you not know it?
I will even make a road in the wilderness
And rivers in the desert. – Isaiah 43:19
Faithful Father, thank you for making me new. I am so sorry that I am sometimes such a stubborn creature. Help me to keep my grip loose today, so that I can see what this new moment will bring. In Jesus’ Name, Amen…
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