After the little piper experienced the wave of trauma, he refuses to move forward. He demands things to be the way they were in the past. He feels left alone because of his own choice to not move forward. It’s interesting that our minds usually do not see things this way. We experience situations not as a result of our choosing, but because of others, life or that Abba Father is punishing us.
Just the sight of that wave made the little piper hide away, not embracing life and moving forward. This is EXACTLY what fear and control do to our minds. Does this sound familiar? Can you pinpoint something in your life that has this effect on you? Something of the past that controls you and makes you run away and hide. It’s time to heal and process it!
The next part in the short film is remarkable, the little piper moves into strive by thinking he can outsmart the trauma and as soon as the wave is close, the same reaction of fear occurs. When the little piper least expects it, someone comes along and helps him embrace his fear and he transitions into a different chapter. Notice how this little creature never forces the piper to change his point of view or to change, he simply goes about his business, living his life. It was in the creature’s example that the piper was able to embrace.
The little piper had to face his fear and embrace the wave in order for healing to occur. This, to me, is such a strong message, because it demonstrates that we sometimes face the same trials in order for wounds to completely heal — not only in our spirits, but in our souls and bodies as well. For a long period in my life, I have believed that I experience the same trails because I do not learn the lesson the first time. This belief, for me, was connected to shame — specifically the principle of religion that is one of the deadliest principles of shame. Why do I say this? Nothing shames you like religion. How? You can never EVER do anything perfectly, it’s impossible – that’s why Jesus came and we get to start where He finished.
Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes. (Romans 12:2 — The Passion Translation)
How do we then transform from victim to creator?
Step 1: Choose to process trauma and heal from it
Thus, refuse to believe you are what happened to you. Why? Because you are what Abba Father says you are … He says that you are His child and He loves you. Allow Abba Father to take you through a healing journey so that He does the healing without you striving.
He himself carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we would be dead to sin and live for righteousness. Our instant healing flowed from his wounding. (1 Peter 2:24)
Step 2: Take responsibility for your life, emotions, actions and stop blaming
Many times in my life I have been in situations because I’ve asked Abba Father to reveal the condition of my heart. He will give you everything you ask for. We just sometimes think it ought to be presented in our lives in a different way. Interesting how with our limited vision and limited capacity, we think we know what is best for us. It is time to TRUST that Abba Father knows what you need to help you heal and transform.
Let everyone be devoted to fulfill the work God has given them to do with excellence, and their joy will be in doing what’s right and being themselves, and not in being affirmed by others. Every believer is ultimately responsible for his or her own conscience. (Galatians 6:4-5 — The Passion Translation)
Step 3: Have self-compassion and look out for resources demonstrating victory
(Like the little piper short film.) How can we help others who are caught up in this position in the triangle? ONLY BY EXAMPLE … Just like the creature displayed possibility and healthy boundaries through simply being itself.