Dislocated shoulder, Cambodian spider bite, concussion & maybe a hairline fracture: these are some of the injuries my doctor has diagnosed over the recent years. So whenever I book an appointment, I grimace as I anticipate their amused facial reactions. And I’d prefer to skip the whole experience & be on my merry way, injury free. But life has a way of serving up some hurtful maladies.
Thankfully, we have a Divine Physician who specializes in healing & repairing bodies, emotions, memories, injuries, hurts, etc. Let’s be careful that we don’t allow our tendency to be independent to sabotage Jesus’ healing work. Compensatory behaviors can interfere with divine healing, just sayin’
Lots of times we think of healing in the terms of physical expressions, such as healing from cancer, scoliosis, ulcers, blind eyes, etc. While I’m wholly supportive of physical healing, I also thoroughly believe that we need God’s healing power to affect the entirety of our lives & not just our bodies.
For example, there are plenty of biblical characters who needed God’s healing touch in their thoughts & points of view. People such as Pharaoh who hardened his heart, Lot who chose the well-watered plains of Sodom & Gomorrah, as well as both Saul’s (OT & NT) are all people who needed God’s healing power to change their thinking & points of view.
I would also suggest that there are not just a few of us who need God’s healing power to touch our emotions. Places in our emotions that are controlled or dominated by excessive fear, grief, depression, etc are all opportunities for God’s healing power to redeem & renovate!
Let’s allow the Holy Spirit to heal not only our bodies, but all of us including our thoughts & emotions!
Chips are fun things to think about. Chips can be potatoe chips, game or gambling chips, wood chips & lots more. At the core meaning of the word “chip”, is the idea of part of a whole or a fragment. And Jesus is the glue that brings all of the fragments & pieces of our lives into a semblance of completion & whole. When I think about the pieces, parts & “chips” of my life, I can get discouraged & even overwhelmed.
But I love what Paul says at the end of Col 1:17, in Him all things hold together! So let’s bring to Jesus all the broken pieces & chips in our lives so He can make us well & whole 🙂
What’s it like to be a crazy woman, living in a time when women were considered almost subhuman & without any protection, security nor steady income? Meet Mary Magdalene – a women from whom Jesus cast out 7 demons (über crazy). We don’t know lots about Mary except that she was part of a group of women who followed & supported Jesus for much of His ministry on earth.
But here’s the cool part for Mary – Jesus chose Mary to be the first person to whom He revealed Himself when He rose from the dead. Jesus chose a formerly crazy woman, who seemed not to have anything noteworthy about her except that she had 7 demons cast out of her. He chose to appear to Mary first & announce His resurrection from the dead. Jesus could’ve chosen Peter or Nicodemus, John or even His mom, but He didn’t. To me, this says that Jesus values people who have been broken & not only the those people who seem to be more important or significant 🙂
I have some really cool friends & they all have their unique strengths. I have some with whom I laugh tons, some that keep my feet on the ground, some who specialize in encouragement along with lots more! So here’s some really cool stuff about Jesus – He’s The Healer, He’s The Repairer, He’s our Joy, He’s our Strength, He’s our Provision, He’s our Love and so much more. For me, this helps me to bring all of my brokenness as a human & nestle into His Wholeness as God. Jesus is all of this & so much more! 😀
My daughter & I were talking this morning about being wholly present & what this means. I explained to her the contrasting view of being partially present or having our attention fragmented. I explained that the opposite of being wholly present was when she might be trying to get my attention or ask a question at the same time that my 1 son is asking for a snack & the other is giving me a giant bear hug, with the phone ringing, my husband walking in the door asking what’s for dinner & the door bell ringing. When all of that is happening, my attention is fragmented & I’m not wholly present with my daughter & her question to me. She totally understood the fragmented attention thing.
I explained, however, that even though humans have very limited capacities to be wholly present with each other, God has no such limitations. Indeed, the Trinity is always wholly present with us & what brings great delight to the Trinity is when we are wholly present with God. In my journey so far, I’ve found that I need God’s help to be wholly present with God. Nevertheless, it gives me great pleasure to be wholly present with God throughout each day – the fellowship that is available to us is nothing less than total euphoria because in God’s presence is fullness of joy. Taste & see my friend, that God is truly good 🙂