Tuesday, November 4, 2014

A Time to Heal...


A Time to Heal…

There is a time for everything,
    and a season for every activity under the heavens:
    a time to be born and a time to die,
    a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
    a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
    a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
    a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
    a time for war and a time for peace. - Ecclesiastes

In our journey through life, there is a time for everything the Bible says. One of them being a time to heal…I have walked and continue to walk through that season and I am not ashamed to say it.  During this season you learn a lot about yourself. In spending time with the Lord these past few years, He is teaching me to not look at what I believe is the thing or person that has caused hurt or trauma in my life, but to look within me…not to be condemned (God never does that) but to get at the root cause of why my reaction to the offense or misunderstanding, is hurt, feeling rejected or just downright feeling like giving up!

Over the years as God in His love and patience reveals myself to me and “we” rectify the issue, I can be quoted as saying that “I feel like I’m being peeled like an onion, layer by layer.”  The “peeling” process was not pleasant each time, but in all honesty once the old layers were gone, I actually felt relief, lighter and even restored.

I say that I am still walking in a season of healing because with each day as I take an introspective look at myself, I always come up short of what I know God wants me to be.  Is God a hard taskmaster that stands over us with a gavel ready to bring it down in judgment?  No!  A million times No!  But as I am getting to know His character for myself, I know that He is a loving Father who wants His very best for me (and you too!).

It’s our choice on whether we want to be made whole.  I’ll admit to my shame sometimes when I am hurt or wounded, I just want justice, or what I believe to be justice.  When God is so much bigger than that!  He sees the whole picture clearly, I only see my side.  He’s not willing that anyone should perish in their sin (John 3:16), He wants to give everyone the opportunity to be made whole and fulfill His plan and purpose for them on this earth then join Him in Heaven.  So basically, “It ain’t all about you or me Honey!”

A season is just that…a season, an allotted time that will eventually pass.  This season of healing for me is progressing and will not last forever. I know that He is restoring me and building me up for a purpose, what that is I don’t know yet…but in due “season” He will let me know.

As a child when we went on our annual family vacation, it seemed like it took forever to get to our destination, in our case it was usually Buffalo, New York, which is a mighty long way from South Carolina.  My father used to tease us when we would ask how much longer and say “Oh we have about 1,000 more miles” to which we would all groan and whine. But being the loving father that he was, he knew that it was a long, arduous trip and a little uncomfortable for me and my siblings, so he would 
 
Me and my father on a "break" while on one of our trips
always make sure we would stop and take breaks. And I remember getting out of the car to stretch my cramped legs and sitting by the little brooks and streams of water in the mountains of the upper Northeast. Then we would get back in the car and continue our journey until we made it safely to our destination. And so our heavenly Father leads us: “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness, for His name’s sake.” Psalms 23

Is it a season of healing for you? If it is allow God, our Father, to reveal Himself to you through His Word, the Bible; and also surrender and allow Him to show you…YOU!  The first step in any healing process is to first admit and submit…admit your weaknesses and submit to someone who has the answers.  And the One that has all the answers is the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, our shepherd, our divine healer Jesus Christ.

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