Made Whole.

“He heals the brokenhearted, and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

Have you ever been going through a particularly dark season and wonder how everyone around you is going about their normal lives and the world keeps spinning? You think to yourself: “how does no one see?!” “don’t you feel this too?!” You feel defined by your struggle and feel as if your wounds and broken out is exposed, plain as day, for the world to see.

I have been through seasons of my life where I feel so raw and broken that I never thought that I would get out of this place. I couldn’t even fathom being built back up again.  I remember during one particular storm of my life that existed for years, I would pray and pray for the Lord to take this from me. I would ache and long to get out of a season that seemed to go on forever. However, after a strange turn of events, life changes, and many painful seasons of pruning and growth, I began to feel this odd sense of gratefulness that the storm even started in the first place. It was as if I finally started to soften to the idea that storms are gifts. I began to realize how the capacity for light and life grew tenfold in the dark seasons– that even in the worst of days, the most unimaginable source of light and life was right there with me. Calling me to himself.

You see, I realized that the Lord doesn’t call us to sit and dwell on our hurt. For what good does this do for His Kingdom? What good is there in wallowing in your own pain? Yes, we must grieve. But in our grieving we still stand in the promise and the hope of the redeemed.

“Has the Lord redeemed you? Then speak out! Tell others he has redeemed you from your enemies.” Psalm 107:2

As years have passed: wounds have healed, seasons, cities, and people have changed. If I have learned just one thing, I am glad it is this: that our God is SO gracious to us that he takes the wounds that we never thought would heal and binds them up so well that we become ever grateful that the hurt was ever there to begin with. We serve a God that transforms shame into rejoicing. He takes the parts of us that are the ugliest and in His unconditional love, replaces them with a song of redemption. The grace of our Lord is poured out on us so that His glory may be shown over and over again so that all may believe (1 Timothy 1:15).  All glory and honor to our God.

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