The other morning, I greeted Jacob as he came stumbling out of his room. "Good morning, buddy. Did you sleep good?" In a sleepy voice, he replied, "Yes. Except that one time I woke up in the middle of the night because I had a blanket ache on my legs." A blanket ache? That's a new one for me... He followed that comment up with, "I think it might have been because my legs were growing, but it felt like my blanket was hurting them." Yes, it probably was growing pains; Jake's been waking up with those off and on for years.
Then I started thinking...it wasn't the blanket that was making his legs hurt, but that's what he thought. Have I ever had what I thought was a problem or an issue - and it turns out that it wasn't the real problem or issue at all - it was actually something else? I know I have. There have been times when I've been angry with someone because of something I thought they did or didn't do to me, while in reality, I'm just majorly sensitive because I've got worry, fear, bitterness, etc. inside of me. Chris is good at knowing when something is bothering me - even before I can put my finger on what the issue is. I've learned to take his word for it, ask God to show me what it is that I need to deal with, and then resolve whatever issue I'm facing. "All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It straightens us out and teaches us to do what is right (2 Timothy 3:16)."