Let it all out (get it all out)
Rip it out, remove it
Don't be alarmed when the wound begins to bleed
We're so scared to find out (what this life's all about)
So scared we're gonna lose it
And knowing all along that's exactly what we need
And You said, "I know that this will hurt,
but if I don't break your heart, things will just get worse.
If the burden seems too much to bear, remember
The end will justify the pain it took to get us there."
The above is just a sampling of a song by Relient K that echoes much of what I wrote about Lot a few days ago. Lot knew it well--the journey away from sin and disasterous decisions is not an easy one. It wounds, it bleeds, it's messy. Even when the journey isn't away from sin--perhaps just allowing God into a hurt or letting him awaken a numb spot--sometimes it can be overwhelming. Dizzying, even.
I hear much truth and hope in a song like this. I love that God recognizes the things that hurt us, and that he knows such burdens can seem too heavy. Yet he has the big picture in mind. He knows that the destination will far outweigh the pain. Paul says it best:
"Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
-2 Corinthians 4:16-18
If that promise is true, then I want to always give him room to lovingly rip out and remove the things that get in the way of his glory. A life that is ever-increasing in intimacy with him will be worth any pain it takes to get us there.