The Healing Process Takes Time
The process of being healed from previous painful experiences is not automatic and it is not always easy. We must make the choice to come to the mender of broken hearts and give him our hurt, continuously. It’s a process. Don’t become annoyed with the journey because you would prefer a microwave healing and remain at the surface. Resist the temptation to say one prayer, move on and pretend like it never happened. Denial is not synonymous with healing. Suppressed pain is a ticking time bomb, and it is just a matter of time until we explode! Go ahead, ugly cry in His presence, it’s ok. Tell Him all.
Tell Him how much it hurt
Tell Him about your insecurities
Tell Him about your on and off desire to get revenge
Confess the unforgiveness and bitterness that may have festered in your heart
Tell him about the pride that may be present that has driven you to prove them wrong
Tell Him all.
Listen as He tells you who He is because the pain made you doubt and accuse Him
Listens as He tells you who you are because the pain made you forget
Listen as He tells you how much He loves You
Listen as He tells you of the urgency of forgiveness
Listen as He tells you that releasing the offense is not a nod of approval for what they did but a healing balm for your soul.
Listen well and respond with obedience.
Reflection Questions: Are you in the habit of pretending like painful experiences never happened because it is too much work to face it? Who do you tell the most about the pain from your past, humans or God? Why do you think we are prone to vent to other flawed human beings instead of bringing our pain to a perfect God?
Scriptures for Meditation:
Mathew 11:28 (NLT)
Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
Psalm 147:3 (NIV)
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
About the Author
Anika Jones is a speaker and author of the book Lessons Learned Along The Way: A 40 Day Devotional. She blogs about faith and family at LivingForLater.com and posts weekly videos on her YouTube channels, Living For Later (@livingforlater) and Living Life Now (@livinglifenow). Anika loves speaking about developing intimacy with God and understanding who we are in Christ. She serves alongside her husband in ministry. They live in Illinois with their 6 children.