Small Gods ~ Fantastic Failures

Aramis Thorn
3 min readFeb 12, 2021

The small gods of our past pain are a burden we no longer need.

Greetings Dear Reader,

What I am about to write is not intended to lessen the struggles of anyone who has survived addiction, trauma, or suffering of any kind. Every journey that involved these things has pain and suffering that is unique to the individual. Recovery and healing take time and discipline and I would take nothing away from that. With this understanding, I would address the small god that haunts all of these areas.

In some cases, our failures or our trauma become the small god in our story. It may not be intentional. Still, we tell our story and the problems and failures take center stage. The focus is not on Christ and his redeeming love. The small god of the terrible things we suffered or the terrible things we did receive the glory.

Recovery makes a titillating tale. It captures attention and satiates the appetite we carry for suffering as entertainment. We love a good drama and get caught up in the tale of pain and suffering rather than in seeing how the Father was there every step of the way.

It is not wrong to tell the tale. The pain and suffering, however, must not become a small god for me. My sin or the sin of others creates the story. It is the Father who brings the grace and mercy for the story to end well. We do not heal or recover without it. I love to hear the stories of others and see the Father working in them to make himself seen and heard. As a storyteller, I always want to hear your story, Dear Reader.

What I must not do is make a small god of my failures and hurts on the way to seeing Christ clearly and following him. The living God is there at every turn of the tale. The Father always knows how he is going to work things out. When we make the trauma, addiction, or recovery our small god, we relegate the love of the Father to the background. We put the work he does to draw us home in a lower place than our pain and suffering.

As we journey home there will be many small gods who vie for our attention to distract us from the journey home. If we keep Christ and his love for us at the center, we will heal faster and the path will be easier. The small gods of our trauma and drama are too heavy to carry. I know this because I did it for so long. It is so much better to leave them behind.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn

Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, “That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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Every human story is part of the great story that leads to the Father getting everything back to Good.

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The small gods of our past pain are a burden we no longer need.