Over and over God uses creation to speak His word.
The birds of the air offers us assurance when we see one of these little ones flying before us with a worm hanging out of its mouth – that if He is going to provide for them oh how much more He will provide for us.
The sun shining, the moon’s radiance, and the measurement of our ocean’s tides remind us that our God is a precise God and that everything has its place.
The hills and valleys represent our seasons of rest and perseverance in the valleys while the mountains represent the wow moments when we see God’s hand move in our lives.
And then there are the gardens – my heart was so touched when the Charis House ladies blessed me with a bag of tomatoes, cucumbers, and bell peppers from their garden.
A garden they planted.
A garden they have pruned.
A garden they have had to upkeep – Where they have pulled weeds and where God has given them life application moments on the importance of digging deep into the heart to uproot the aches and pains that plague so many of us.
My heart was so moved when one lady shared about this monstrous root that she found. She shared how she didn’t see it until she had pulled away all the small tedious ones that were on top of the soil.
-The weeds that were obvious – ones seen with eye. You know – the outward result of something hidden deep down.-
It wasn’t until all the little weeds were removed she was able to see the root – the one all the other little ones were grounded to.
“It was big, thick, and hard to pull up,” she said.
That root can represent anything –
for some it is the root of unforgiveness.
for some it represents rejection.
for some it represents bitterness.
for some it represents abuse.
for some it represents personal satisfaction/arrogance.
While that list could go on and on – more than likely there is one thing that started that deep rooted pain – the one we have stuffed for so long – and most often than not, it is rooted in a single person.
It takes time to work through those layers.
It takes a courageous person to be willing to work through those layers.
It will hurt.
You will cry.
But the most amazing thing happens after the tears, and it’s called healing.
I started counseling shortly after my dad passed away. The layers of pain ran deeper than I ever imagined. That root is grounded deep in my heart. We have been working on all the weeds that were obvious – but now – oh boy – we have been digging in the soil to uproot a monstrous root.
It hasn’t been easy, but when God is ready to release us of something that has held us captive for so many years, He begins to move in awe-inspiring ways.
He begins to use people in your day to day life to say something that ministers life to your soul, and often times they have no clue they were just used to massage that heart muscle.
He begins to use strangers that speak words of life over you and they don’t even know you.
There have been billboards, songs on the radio, three minute devotionals – all geared towards the healing of my heart – massaging that heart muscle again and again.
When He is ready to set you free He will begin going to incredible measure to help you through the process – including sending an angel.
There was this person walking down the hallway – I swear he came from Jamaica! It was like he had just gotten off the plane – Jamaican layered clothes, hair – everything about him said, “Jamaica”. We were passing each other in the hallway, our eyes met, and out of nowhere he said, “You are going to do great.” I have goosebumps just thinking about it. As soon as he said those words to me (wow I have some BIG goosebumps) I said, “Lord, was that an angel you just sent me?” And I never saw him again.
Digging up the deep seeded roots takes time. In our world of instant gratification we want it to happen quickly and on our time schedule, but what God has shown me through the years is the very things we have had to work hard for, the things we have to toil at, mull over, and constantly surrender over to the Lord, are the same things we experience the greater victories over.
We can’t do this on our own.
It takes truly trusting our Lord with your heart.
It means we must have more than a head knowledge of our Lord.
It means making ourselves vulnerable, but knowing our Lord will take that vulnerable heart and make it sensitive to others walking through the same pains and trials will eventually bring you comfort as you see 2 Corinthians 1:4 come to life.
“who comforts and encourages us in every trouble so that we will be able to comfort and encourage those who are in any kind of trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God” will make it
So here is my question for you . . .
What has God done in your heart that you have kept to yourself?
That you have hidden – maybe because of shame? maybe because of pride? Or maybe you have listened to the lies of the evil one far too long and you believe your story could never help anyone.
Oh my friend, our Lord will never waste our hurts. He can use them for good, not only the ones done to us by others, but also our own self inflicted pain.
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present outcome, that many people would be kept alive [as they are this day]. Genesis 50:20
Oh Lord, we need you to heal our hearts. We need you to expose the depths of our souls in order for healing to truly begin. Give us courage, Lord, when we are afraid. Embrace us with comfort by your strong presence or send us a friend to wrap their arms around us so tightly that we would know that hug was from you. We praise you, Lord, for your creation and how you speak through it. Use our battle wounds for your glory so that others will be saved. We love you, Amen.
As I was praying and typing out that prayer a song came to mind. Maybe you, too, need a miracle – don’t give up. He hears. This song can be used in so many ways and in so many circumstances. In your hour of desperation – when we throw up our hands and truly surrender – then He can move.