I’m convinced that at least once in a person’s lifetime they will experience sickness of the heart. I’m referring to stuff like homelessness, divorce, burying a loved one, the list goes on and on. These are the things that most people don’t immediately bounce back from. No quick fixes here. Grief is involved and grieving takes time. For some it takes longer than others.
Whatever the case, a major symptom of this heart sickness is pain. Pain can be a powerful motivator for good or bad. When it’s good it can serve as a wakeup call, getting us back on track with our health or our faith. But when it’s bad, it’s bad.
I remember a time when I experienced pain after pain. One year I survived divorce as well as the death of two family members and a very dear family friend, all within a period of a few months. Because of this onslaught of pain, the days began to blur into each other and I truly lost track of time. I found myself identifying with my pain as more of a way of life, rather than a reaction to these terrible circumstances. As the pain continued on, I found myself in pain management mode in order to survive. This survival mode was no way to live, it served to be more selfish than anything. I spent my days trying to make the pain go away, and each attempt seemed futile.
I’m not here to rehash every detail, but I do want to share with you a powerful truth that unfortunately goes unnoticed when it’s most needed. It’s something I should have realized the moment I felt my heart’s first twinge of pain. It’s something that should be the first go-to when disaster strikes the heart. It’s the amazing truth that no matter the pain or hurt or what method we use to rehab our heart, we must remember to run to Jesus and that ultimately He is the healer.
Why again am I reminding you about this? If you’re like me, you know you are a follower of Christ, but sometimes you don’t ask for healing. You get busy trying to go about your day, or you’re trying to manage the pain yourself, or you doubt that you can be healed, or you try not to even think about it, or you’re too busy praying for someone else to be healed. Whatever the case is, you’ve found yourself in pain management mode, and God says it’s time to rise, take up your bed, and be made whole.
You’re reading this for a reason, so I pray it quickens your spirit to remember Christ’s journey to the cross. His painful journey was not just for you to be saved and sanctified, but so that you would also be healed. Call out to Him today and ask Him to do what only He can do. Ask Him to heal your heart.
“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5 (KJV)
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