The owner kept going about his business and calmly replied, "Oh, he’s probably laying on a nail.”
The customer asked the obvious. “Why doesn’t he move?”
The store owner looked up and said, “I guess it don’t hurt bad enough yet.”
We've all encountered people in our lives who remind us of that bloodhound. Some of us are that bloodhound.
When we choose not to address our painful past we are choosing to stay stuck there. We are choosing to stay stuck in our pain whenever memories of the past prevent us from enjoying the present. We make the choice to stay stuck in our discomfort whenever someone tells us, "It's time to move on," and we respond with, "No one understands me." We choose to stay stuck in our dysfunction whenever we simply accept pain as our lot in life even though healing from our hurts is readily available.
Make no mistake about it. Staying stuck is a choice. We can lay there and whimper if we choose. But maybe it's time to move.
We have a Heavenly Father who lovingly asks us to lay our burdens at His feet. Who offers to take our pain upon HImself so we may be done with it once and for all. Who welcomes us to draw close to Him so that we may experience the peace and freedom He meant for His children to have.
We can stay stuck in a painful past or we can move toward healing and hope. The choice is up to us.