What is a trigger? In the old western days, Trigger was the name of Roy Rogers horse. It is also a small device that releases a spring or catch and sets off a mechanism to fire a gun. But “trigger” also has become a modern day word to describe a sudden “trigger” release of recalling and reliving a past event, situation, or life-changing moment. A “trigger” moment could be a certain song, place, person, date, object, or even a certain word or smell. It is strange but when you have a “trigger” moment, you can also re-experience the same emotions you had during the event. There are “triggers” for good moments with memories. “Loving moments make lasting memories.” Also there are “triggers” for bad moments and trauma moments. Each person has a different “trigger” that causes them to react and return to a past event that greatly affected them. Some “trigger” moments cause you to recall and relive moments and memories that can bring sudden tears of gladness or tears of sadness. You do not create “trigger” moments, so you cannot control “trigger” moments. These “trigger” moments are common to all. Why should you be an exception?
After I recovered from a blood clot issue, I had PTS (Post Trauma Stress), I told my doctor, “This is not right. I’m a man of God.” She smiled and said, “This is common after your issue. Your problem is not “here” (pointed to heart) but “here” (pointed to head).” Thank God for good doctors. Paul said, “But this one thing I do” Forget behind – Forth before! (Phil. 3:13-14). Focus on the Future! Be thankful for your good “trigger” moments. But don’t let bad “trigger” moments return you to past lifestyle or habits that can control your current life.
Paul had issues. He prayed three times for this “thorn” (unknown issue) to be removed but it remained. The Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for thee” (2 Cor.12:9). The word “sufficient” simply means that God’s grace is always “e’nuff” (Southern word) to meet every spiritual need you face in life. His grace will always excel and exceed your present need. God’s unmerited, unearned, and undeserved grace will always be “enuff.” It does not matter how much grace is needed. It will always be sufficient or “e’nuff.” His grace remains unchanged and unlimited. His grace never diminishes or decreases. Whatever you may face in life, His grace will always be “there” because it is sufficient.
The Lord may not still your storm, but He can still you in the storm. It is not what happens to you, but in you, that makes the difference. The Lord can do for you what you cannot do for yourself if you will let Him. Even when He is silent as He was with Paul, He is still “working” all things together for your good and His Glory (Rom. 8:28). As you wait – He works! Let’s learn as Paul, when we “trigger” a thorn moment or “trigger” a trauma moment, we can also say, “His grace is sufficient and that’s e’nuff.” What triggers you?
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