So you think you have overcome a "thing"? You feel free and joyful about it all and looking forward to new things and not looking back on unpleasant "things". And then your problem moves into your neighbourhood!
You THOUGHT you had dealt with all that!
You THOUGHT those "things" were things of the past!
You THOUGHT you had overcome!
Well, in some ways this may be true. There is probably stuff you have dealt with, stuff you have overcome. But maybe, just maybe, there are residual issues just under the surface. Our God wants you to have complete victory over those "things" and the only way to do that is to have them move into your neighbourhood. Forcing you to confront what needs to be confronted. Be it a fear, a person, unforgiveness, hurt... Whatever it is, if it moves into your neighbourhood and FREAKS YOU OUT, it is NOT dealt with.
I found this out at the end of last year. I thought I had dealt with stuff, come to a place of contentment in it and then all that stuff blew up into a myriad of emotions that just came out of no where!!!? But it did force me to confront those emotions. It did force me to come to terms with my half-hearted forgiveness and it did help me come to that point of contentment in Christ that no matter what was done, no matter how I had been hurt, I could leave all that to Him and let Him deal with it. I DID NOT have to solve any issues, I just had to lay down what I was harbouring and holding onto, at His feet! At the foot of the cross.
Now I was not able to do any of this without much reading of the Word. I can't say that any great solutions sprang up from the pages of the Word, but just the act of obedience of going to the word in the first place, God honoured that by dealing with my heart. I do not know the hearts of those who have hurt me, but the personal pressure I placed on myself to resolve and restore things was removed from me. All that was left was to leave them to God. Let Him deal with whatever it is that is in their hearts. I also came to that place of rest, knowing that even if I were to never receive the vindication my heart so longs for, its okay, because I have Christ. He is my strength, my rock, my fortress, my DEFENSE, and my vindication.
Because I started letting go of all of these unresolved issues, I have been able to hear the Lord a little more clearly I like to think. For example, I was having a quiet time the other morning when I read the following: (now keep in mind I have been trusting and desiring and wanting and seeking for vindication, an apology, an acknowledgement of wrong doing - I know, I know, I expect a lot!!)
Isaiah 54 v 17: But no weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue that shall rise against you in judgement you shall show to be in the wrong. This [peace, righteousness, security, triumph over opposition] is the heritage of the servants of the Lord [those in whom the ideal Servant of the Lord is reproduced]; this is the righteousness or the vindication which they obtain from Me [this is that which I impart to them as their justification], says the Lord.
Did you see that??!!!
When I read this I nearly fell off my chair! Based on the scripture above we ALREADY have received our vindication. Why? Our enemy tried to form weapons of lies and deceit and false claims against us, and they did not prosper in that. They took us to court and the court found them to be WRONG. We retained our peace and our security as children of God and because we are God's children our heritage is this vindication that we will not be dragged through the mud wrongfully.
I had such a moment of release in the realization that the vindication I have sought, I have already received. So my problem moving into the neighbourhood lost its power to concern me or hurt me anymore. God is in control and they are His problem, not mine!
He is faithful and just to do as He says He will do.
I hope the above has given you the encouragement to know to lean into God as much as possible and when your problem moves into your neighbourhood, He will deal with it, and He will remove its power to hurt you! It is your heritage as children of God, in Christ!