“I had to forgive my mom for things that were written in my body that I didn’t even know were there.”

My friend’s admission stopped me in my tracks. What does that mean? How does that work?

Julia went on to explain a recent situation where a comment from her mom had triggered a cascade of emotion out of proportion to the incident. It wasn’t that big of a deal—except it was. Why?

It dawned on her that the pain pattern activated by this seemingly minor injury was rooted in something from childhood.

She asked the Lord to show her what He was uncovering from her hidden past, knowing that what the Father uncovers He will also redeem–what He reveals He will also heal.

Early trauma had created powerful feelings of responsibility for her mother’s wellbeing, hurt over benign neglect, abandonment and disconnect from the most important figure in her life. In this sense, things were written in her mind, body and spirit that Julia had never recognized before—until her extreme reaction to a seemingly trivial event.

Whatever the revelation-light exposes, it will also correct,
and everything that reveals truth is light to the soul.
This is why the Scripture says,
“Arise, you sleeper!
Rise up from the dead and the Anointed One will
shine his light into you!”
Ephesians 5:13-14

Julia cried herself to sleep for several nights as God brought back old memories and unexplained emotion, pointing the path to the much deeper wound buried in her past. Night after night, He peeled away layers of hurt and vulnerability for which she forgave her mom and released to God the injury she no longer wished to carry.

When her mother apologized for the triggering incident two weeks later, Julia had already been set free and released from the original injury, so all pain and dissonance from the recent incident had completely vanished.

People seldom realize how much of their present pain is rooted in past injury. Or how destructive emotional pain is to their overall health and wholeness.

Are you aware of pain reactions that seem out of proportion to the triggering event? Or pain patterns arising from early trauma?

Ask God to show you the origin of this pain?

What kind of emotions are triggered for you by this early injury?

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