Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord, “they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
The passage of time is so evident when I look at pictures of my kids. In one photo, I see a young boy with dirty hands and knees triumphantly holding up a frog, his prized catch. In another, I see a teenager, on the brink of manhood, proudly gripping the keys to his first car.
I see my face in these photos, too. My outward appearance doesn’t reveal the obvious change that my son’s does. Aside from a few unwanted extra pounds and wrinkles that the span of 11 years might bring, I am more or less the same woman in both pictures.
On the outside, that is.
What you can’t see in the early photo is the agony of putting on a strong face and a smile to convince the world that all is well.
What you can’t see in the early photo is her exhausting effort to exude calm in the midst of the chaos that ravages her private life.
What you can’t see in the early photo is the damaged self-esteem of a woman who once was able to hold her head high and enter a room with confidence, but who now hangs her head in shame, certain that everyone is disappointed in her recent failed marriage.
What you can’t see in the earlier photo is an overwhelming fear of not knowing what her future holds.
Ah...but hang with me and you’ll see the beauty of what is unseen.
What you can’t see in the latter photo is a peace that has settled in to quiet the chaos.
What you can’t see in the latter photo is the healing that has taken place on the inside. Not the kind that results from pharmaceuticals or forced relationships, but only the change that divine healing can bring.
What you can’t see in the latter photo is a renewed confidence. Not from anything that she has accomplished on her own, but a confidence that comes from knowing that although she doesn’t know what her future holds, she knows without a doubt who holds her future.
What kind of healing have you experienced in your life that can only be attributed to God?
Knowing that God has the ability to heal you emotionally, physically or spiritually...how does this affect you moving forward in life? Does this give you hope, knowing that when we face those trials He will be faithful to bring us through to the other side?
How can you encourage others to press on, using your testimony of God’s faithfulness in your life?