When Healing Hurts
I have some friends who are going through some very difficult times as they maneuver through healing & growth. Watching them agonize over the pain involved, in God putting the broken pieces back together, is a lot like watching a doctor reset a broken bone: it looks and hurts like hell, yet has to be done in order for complete healing to take place.
Psalm 51:17 says:
“…A broken and a contrite heart—
These, O God, You will not despise”
We often pray Psalm 51:10
“Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
However, we tend to leave out a key verse above both of them:
“Make me hear joy and gladness,
That the bones You have broken may rejoice.”
While our hearts should certainly long for God to create a new heart in us, it is important to understand what we’re asking for here! The work involved in the cleansing/healing process isn’t pretty, easy or painless.
There are (4) parts of the journey to healing I would like to address:
- TIME: It takes time to heal. Something broken in an instant, unfortunately, doesn’t heal instantly; it takes time. God doesn’t give us a time table for which we will heal, but he does promise to heal us! “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
- SKILL: I’m not talking about our skill-I’m talking about God’s skill! His keen ability to make something beautiful from something broken! “Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand. Isaiah 64:8
- LOVE: Again, I’m not talking about human love-I’m talking about Jesus who IS Love. His love envelops all that we are & surrounds us even in the deepest of pain. “Your beauty and love chase after me every day of my life. Psalm 23:6a
- PERSEVERANCE: It takes perseverance on our part to get through the healing process! God gives us all we need, & requires that we persevere through it, relying on Him for our strength! “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:3-5
My precious friend, if you are walking a God-journey that looks & hurts like hell, I hope you will keep these truths in mind. If you’re feeling alone in your journey & need someone to pray with you, will you allow me to come along side of you & encourage your heart? You may comment below, publicly, or you may private message me here: My Heart, His Words.
You are NOT alone, God WILL bring healing & you ARE loved!
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