our wounds can turn into strength
“Return to your rest, O my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you. For You have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.” (Psalm 116:7-8)
“For You will light my lamp; the Lord my God will enlighten my darkness. For by You I can run against a troop, by my God I can leap over a wall. As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” (Psalm 18:28-30)
What we often forget is that God does not see the things of this world like we do. He does not require us to be able to hold it all together — He wants us to hold on to Him. We might be walking far away from Him; we might be failing and falling hard from the place God called us to be in. But what truly matters, what the Lord has always wanted — is our heart.
When we fight those battles that seem to never be ending, He sees opportunities for us to grow into grace. When we let in His scarred hands and their healing touch, He can turn what we see as our marred marks into strength and beauty. When we want to shield ourselves from further hurts, God’s gentle grace comes and tells us we can trust Him to walk with us through every hurt and healing.
“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:14-15)
We all know the saying, that time heals. But the more I think about it, the more convinced I am that time does not heal anything — but rather what happens in that time. We need to let God swoop in and cover our wounds with His scarred hands, His grace turning our wounds into a map of a land where battles are eventually won and miracles still fill the gaps where we fall short.
Linking up: Titus 2 Tuesday, Women Helping Women, Titus 2sday, Coffee for Your Heart, Wednesdays’ Prayer Girls, Coffee and Conversation, Works for Me Wednesday, WholeHearted Wednesday, Everyday Jesus, Hearts for Home, Thriving Thursday