They say the Christian walk is a marathon not a sprint and if you have hung with me through this series, I am hearing a rousing AMEN!! coming through the atmosphere.
I have called you to go deeper still into the wounds and the healing.
It’s a common theme out there, I have noticed …must be a lot of hurting people who are desiring to heal well.
I just got a devotion in my email this past week that had this quote from Andy Stanley about grace and how it relates to our topic Deep Healing….
It’s what I crave most when my guilt is exposed. The very thing I’m hesitant to extend when I’m confronted with the guilt of others — especially when their guilt has robbed me of something I consider valuable. Faithgateway.com The Story of Grace Andy Stanley Feb. 6, 2017
It’s what we have been talking about, isn’t it?
Forgiveness..receiving mercy and grace…extending mercy and grace…the cycle that we work through as God heals us down in the depths of our pain and loss.
We can trust Him when we can’t trust others or even ourselves.
I want to close this series with a beautiful quote I got from A. W. Tozer’s book Tozer on the Almighty God.
He uses a quote from Rev. Dr. Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661) who would cry out in “serious and painful trials”…
“Praise God for the hammer, the file and the furnace”
Tozer expounds on these for the devotionals that cover October 14, 15 and 16 in this book.
He speaks of how the hammer is a useful tool, but the nail must view it as harsh and cruel.
Strike after strife falls upon the nail as forceful blows drive it deeper into the surface.
He describes the nail’s view of the hammer to be “…an opponent, a brutal, merciless enemy who lives to pound it into submission, to beat it down out of sight and clinch it into place.”
He acknowledges that while that is an apt description of the hammer….
“The nail forgets that both it and the hammer are the servants of the same workman. Let the nail remember that the hammer is held by the workman and all resentment toward it will disappear. The carpenter decides whose head shall be beaten next and what hammer shall be used in the beating. That is his sovereign right. When the nail has surrendered to the will of the workman and has gotten a little glimpse of his benign plans for its future it will yield to the hammer without complaint.”
Harsh language, and it goes without saying…but I WILL say it…this is not saying if someone is being physically or emotionally abused they must submit to the abuser!
This is saying that life//other’s sinful choices/our own errors in judgment will bring about times when we feel beat up…defeated…crushed.
And our first inclination will be to curse the circumstances and fight back or give up or give in to our human natures and the world’s systems of dealing with pain.
But as children of the Most High God…there is a better way.
Part of our inheritance is the gift of being one of His own and entitles us to surrender to the Creator who made us and sustains us in the MIDST of it all.
Our loving Father is well aware of the pain we are enduring and yes, could have stopped the source, but for some reason unknown to us…He has allowed it.
And to acknowledge this is to comply with the hammer because we know it is simply the servant of the Master…as are we <3
And so we lift up to Him our brokenness and our sorrows, our grief and our pain, our sense of loss and our loss of joy…to God, who is Sovereign over us, over them, over yesterday, today and tomorrow.
To ask Him to show us how to move toward healing…and to be obedient to His directions as we simultaneously kneel before Him, lean on Him and yield to Him.
It has been a special blessing for me to walk through some of my stuff with you these past few days.
You all make wonderful travel companions on the Journey…
Have a blessed weekend and I’ll see you on Monday <3