You gave your heart. It was not planned, it just happened. Why? Because you love to love and you love the idea of being loved. You love seeing others happy. You love the way love feels. The only issue is that YOU understand what love is and how it feels (because it’s been given to you all of your life through parents and loved ones; but those you have recently connected with have yet to learn the real meaning of love. Through the years, your love has been displaced. Over and over again, the same result, different characters and so…you have learned to love like the others and their definition of love- with emotions, one-sided, receiving what you can, just as long as you are not hurt. You have become “them.” You have become just like the ones who did not know how to love like you; the ones who were unable to take the broken pieces and reconnect them to become whole. This time, you are the one left with fragments, scattered everywhere. The love you were birthed with has now become loathe- a very strong feeling of disgust and hatred. You hate how you care and you’re disgusted that you were blindsided- multiple times. Not just in marital relationships, but friendships, sibling relationships and business ventures. Hurt seems to follow you. Love is no longer an action word. It is an untouchable, unreachable, unimaginable dream. The hurt.
Life was not great but it was tolerable. You had the ability to do what you desired. You were able to get up early and stay up late without any adverse affects on your health. Your job was not ideal, but hey, at least you had income to pay your bills and buy something every now and then. Then “it” happened. It seemed out of nowhere, from a routine checkup, the doctors found “something.” You’ve been diagnosed with…but how? You ate clean and fairly healthy. You did a few random exercises here and there. You lived a clean life- for the most part at least.
The words of the family practitioner continue ringing in your ears: “You need this, you need that; this pill will combat this but it has this side effect.” “Oh Jesus what did I do to deserve this,” you thought. You can’t work a full time job because of this…ailment. You can’t sleep at night and it’s difficult during the day to…just. do. anything. What was once an afterthought, to just get up and go, now takes preparation. What will you do now? The suffering and the hurt.
Life told you to give up, but then you met the Healer.
Life said there is no such thing as real love, but then, you met…the Healer.
Life said accept the cards that were dealt, this will be the death of you. Then. You. Met. THE. Healer.
You were truly introduced to the Healer, and although while growing up, you connected with genuine love, as you became an adult, you were acquainted with lust. But now…you found love again. You’re in love again, and you do not care what people say. Spat in His face, brought to open shame, to pull you from your pain. He is acquainted with your grief because He has experienced it also. He knows what it feels like to be rejected and used, when all He ever wanted to do was love and demonstrate what it really means. The Healer.
“He was despised and rejected— a man of sorrows, acquainted with deepest grief. We turned our backs on him and looked the other way. He was despised, and we did not care.” Isaiah 53:3 NLT
The Healer showed you what unconditional love really is. You knew it existed, you were just seeking for it in the wrong places and with the wrong guidance.
Many many times before, He has touched situations that seemed irreparable. A woman who had blood issues for 12 years. A man who had everything and lost it all, a man who had a disease where his own kind rejected him and required him to call out “Unclean, unclean!” He specializes in miracles but has one requirement: that our faith be rooted and grounded in Him. Because of sin, diseases of all sorts and every imaginable evil entered the world. So He entered the world and took the punishment of death that you deserved and to prove to you that He can do the impossible…IF you believe. The Healer.
But he was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” Isaiah 53:5 NLT
- When glory meets my suffering.
- When mercy meets majesty.
- When the hurt, meets the Healer, you are made alive.
““What do you mean, ‘If I can’?” Jesus asked. “Anything is possible if a person believes.”” Mark 9:23 NLT
Jesus told us in this world we would have troubles (John 16:33), but dealing with any degree of suffering is challenging and if we are not careful, we disconnect from the comforting arms of our Savior. We may not ever understand the reasons for our particular trials, but one thing is for certain…those of us who truly love God, our trials work FOR us, not AGAINST us.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28 (NKJV)
I encourage you today to trust Jesus. Fall into His arms. Through all of your hurt, He found glory in and through you. Allow Him to break all of your fears and doubt. The Healer is waiting to heal your hurt.
“Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you! See, I have written your name on the palms of my hands…” Isaiah 49:15-16 NLT
When the hurt and the Healer collide, grace and mercy restores and realigns us back under the will of our Father.
When the hurt and the Healer collide, get ready for a collision course with greatness.