We all began our lives as children. If you are reading this you are probably no longer within an age where people consider you a child and yet do you ever think about the child you used to be, how you spent your time, what frightened you most, and where you learned to seek comfort? What kind of a child were you and what essential things have changed inside you - if any?
We are familiar with the phrase the child within. We make jokes about it and yet it causes me to wonder what it may truly mean. I wonder if there may have been damage like a broken bone in the soul that was never set properly and was left to fuse crooked causing a limp. Or think of the car that was in an accident and drove away with a bent frame and a badly dented fender. The fender was replaced because it looked bad. The frame was never straightened because its damage was not for the eye to see. The damage to the frame was only apparent when the car reached a speed past 50 mph when it began to shudder and pull to the right. The driver eventually got used to this handicap and rather than go to the garage for an expensive repair he just stopped going on the highway.
I believe we are in a constant state of becoming the person who we were intended to be. I think sometimes this process is stymied for reasons that may not be readily apparent. Sometimes our inner brokenness is brought to the surface within a crisis. If you find yourself in such a condition now, be encouraged to know that this may be your opportunity to have your frame straightened. Eventually you will be back on the road again enjoying the distance and speed you were built for but forgot was even possible.