I just watched an episode of the show 'Hoarders'. It's the first time I'd seen this show. I really almost never watch television at all. However, someone linked the show, saying it was about a scrap-booker. I thought it might be good to see so that I can be careful of where my thoughts could take me.
I was blown away. Truly, I was dramatically affected by the pain displayed on this show.
As I reflected on what causes such additive and compulsive behavior, I came to the conclusion that it is often the result of hurt or disappointment.
Hurt is the sort of thing that Satan pounces on rather quickly. Once a hurt has taken place, he piles on the fertilizer producing a large tree of pain whose fruit is destruction. The end result is hopelessness.
Further, I began to consider that many people I know within the church are harvesting this very fruit daily. The hopelessness that exists even within the church is astounding. It's painful to consider. And I wonder that most of us don't even see that it is there. How then do we address it? What do we do?
I pray, asking God for wisdom, for healing and for revelation from His Spirit. I invite you to do the same. We certainly can do nothing while we just sit an wonder. But we can and must pray. Will you join me?
Perhaps you are thinking that this is not true. Perhaps you think that it's not that common in the church. Why do you think that is the case? Do an inventory or your church body? What do you find? Is it joy unspeakable that permeates the people? If so, then praise God. If not, praise God and then pray for His healing touch.