[healing:] the gut-wrenching journey through brokenness toward restoration, wholeness, and a fully alive heart
Scars are a testimony to the love of God that is stronger than my pain…a love that never gives up, even when I wanted too…..
None of us escape the pain and hurts of life. To live is to hurt, and we all have the wounds and the scars to prove it.
But regardless of how we’ve been wounded we all face a common question: “What should we do with our pain? Should we stoically ignore it? Should we just “get over it”? Or should we optimistically hope that everything will work out in the end? ”
All too often I think that if we fail to respond appropriately to the wounds life and relationships inflict, our pain will be wasted; it will numb us or even destroy us.
But our suffering doesn’t have to devastate our hearts and rob us of joy. It can, instead, lead us to life—if we know the path to healing-Jesus!!
I believe it was Dan Allender who said: “Healing is not the resolution of our past; it is the use of our past to draw us into deeper relationship with God and his purposes for our lives.”
Real healing isn’t just about finding relief from the suffering; it’s an open door to see God (and ourselves as well) in a fresh new way….to see the world through new eyes.
I don’t know about you, but when life gets crazy for me I tend to want to do anything to feel better…to numb the pain. Sometimes I can easily become consumed about fixing the problem in my own way and in my own strength, relying on my own limited amount of wisdom.
Or I can become addicted to doing….living a perfectionistic, totally put together life.
Occasionally I shut down my heart so I don’t feel anything. Or maybe now and then I will cling to anyone or anything that makes me happy, so I end up addicted to an unhealthy relationship or situation.
Can you relate to any of these as well? How do you run from pain and brokenness in your life? Do you bury your head in the sand, become indifferent or try to fix it? Do you feel stuck or depressed? Or maybe you feel hopeless and alone?
In Psalm 13, David was upset and hurt. Four times in the first two verses he pleads with God, “How long O Lord?” He even questions God, wondering if He has forgotten him. Yet by the end of the Psalm David expresses confidence in God’s power to rescue him.
When we run to God we find a safe place to be honest with our pain….we can pray and ask God for the courage to open our spirit and deal with the core of our brokenness and loss. Never does He tell us to just get over it, never does He shame us when we are in pain, and He is certainly never shocked.
Rather, He enters our pain with us and remains present in His love and strength even if everyone else walks away, deserting us. The bible says that God is close to the brokenhearted and those crushed in spirit…..He promises us in His word that He will never leave us or forsake us…God cries with you, and gathers your tears in a bottle…..when we are honest with God it opens our hearts to receive his tender care, His wisdom, His strength and His comfort.
Don’t do like I did for too many years denying my brokenness….instead accept God’s invitation to bring your heart to the only one who can bring true healing. And then rest in His unfailing love for you…..