Healing Your Wounds
He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and calls them all by name. How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His understanding is beyond comprehension! – Psalm 147:3-5 (NLT)
When life is full of doubts, questions and misgivings, you need to know that someone is there who can support you. That is a natural human longing. It’s part of the way I created you—as a social creature who needs other people even if they are flawed and fallible. After all, don’t you have flaws and fallibilities?
I find it so sad when you retreat into a shell and act like you’re self-sufficient. The “self-made” man is a myth. You didn’t give birth to yourself, change your own diapers, feed yourself as a child, bandage your own cuts and bruises, clean up the mess after you got sick, or educate yourself. You never played as a one-person team in soccer, basketball or football. You never tossed a Frisbee against a wall so you could go pick it up and toss it again. You never felt excited at graduation because no family or friends were sitting in the audience.
You’ve probably not given it much thought, but all those kinds of caring actions originate with love. My love. It’s a force more powerful than anything else on earth, because I created it. I see your wounds, hurts, frustrations, and disappointments. I also bind them up. You often don’t stop to think about the times you’ve been in pain and yet the pain passed, the disappointment faded, and the grief subsided. It’s because I was there.
Catalyst for Spiritual Growth
- What pictures of community and support do you see portrayed in this passage? How would your life change if you could be part of such a group? How would it help heal your wounds?