Healing can come instantly and also through process. All of us want the instant kind, the miracle-wiping-away of pain and suffering. But often God chooses process because there are truths about his heart that are clearly seen when wrestling through the process.
He chooses instant healing so others can see His glory
and sometimes He chooses process so we can know His glory.
As women, we appear comfortable in the role of Healer…as long as we are helping someone else. Helping others brings meaning and purpose to our own stories. However, we often diminish, overlook, and dismiss the need to find healing for our own souls.
Partnering with God for our own healing is vital and can only be learned when we abide.
Abide ~ to make ourselves at home in His love (John 15 MSG).
Do you feel at home with God’s love for you? I have had to learn that home isn’t just where I curl up with a good book, in my favorite comfy chair, in front of the fireplace. Home is also where I wake up with bed-head and stinky breath. Home is where I am often at my worst and my best! So when you think of abiding with Christ, consider if you feel at home in his love no matter what your condition. Because, when you feel at home, then you can truly listen. And when you listen you will be amazed and healed by what He is constantly speaking to you.
Our healing is what enables us to walk alongside others on their journey to healing.
2 Corinthians 1:3,4 NIV
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.
However, in our efforts to help the wounded we can hinder. We get our helping ahead of our healing ~ our doing ahead of our being (abiding) in Christ.
Truthfully, we have a hard time watching suffering. It is painful and uncomfortable to be in suffering and to watch suffering. Like Job’s wife (Job 2:9) we can offer the wrong solutions for the sake of getting someone out of the pain.
Pain-tience must have its perfect work.
Think of it this way, if we are not offering God’s wisdom for another than we are standing between the wounded and the cross. The Cross, being in Christ’s presence, is the only way to heal.
He is the Healer and he invites us to play a part in helping others find their path to the cross, the way to abide in his presence.
©2013 Cheryl Meakins, Meakins Speak LLC.
Blog posts categorized as Healer are two-fold. We share the journey of learning how to partner with God for our own healing and the healing of another. If you want to review just the posts on Healer you can click on the Healer tab in the bold purple box at the top left of the blog. An additional series Growing Miss Azalea will also be categorized under Healer.