~You Don’t Have To Run Anymore~
When you have experienced brokenness, you may feel that you’ve taken a wrong turn somewhere. Perhaps that sense of lostness has sent you down paths that you regret. It may have caused you to lie awake at night while frenzied thoughts raced through your mind. You can rest now. Let Jesus take you be the hand. You can get off that wandering side road you took in search of something or someone who could possibly make you feel less pain. You can slow down the activity that tells the world you’ve got it all together, though your heart hurts so much that you can’t sleep at night. Stop. Right where you are. You are found by Him. One of the key truths we often ignore in our faith is that Jesus meets us where we are.
The more you understand Jesus’ mission statement and recognize that it is for you, the more you are free to simply sit in His presence, expectant that the person you always knew lived inside of you will emerge with His touch. This is when the miracle begins to take place. You understand that He’s “got you,” that you are not alone, that you are loved, and that you can stop running.
~Then You Take Heart~
Let’s go back to John 16:33. The anxious disciples were worried that they couldn’t do what they needed to do on their own. Jesus told them, “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Take Heart. Take Heart: to receive courage or comfort from some fact.
You receive courage, for “when we are weak in ourselves, then we are strong in the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ” (see 2 Cor. 12:9). A foundation of healing is built on the promise that God will be your strength. He is in the midst of this healing process with you – right where you are. With all your baggage. With your broken heart. With your messy emotions. With your faith and love for Him, in spite of the pain that just won’t go away.
The truth is that many of us, even though we quote Scripture and unearth the Hebrew and Greek meanings of words and phrases, are still striving. We are so focused on what we haven’t done or what we need to do or the broken pieces that seem too fragmented to put back together that we’ve forgotten the power of what Jesus offers. We can be immersed in Christian culture and forget what He has done. But there’s good news. When we rediscover what Jesus offers, we join in with the multitudes of others who sing: My chains fell off, my heart was free; I rose, went forth, and followed Thee.
Dear Jesus, You came to heal me! I freely step onto the solid foundation already built by You. I stop right where I am and lift my arms up to You. I embrace and accept Your gifts fully as I take heart in You.
Mended Heart Challenge
- Write down the three things you don’t have to do. 2. Read that list daily. 3. If you start to strive or hide or think you’re all alone, make a choice to rest in what God has done for you.
The Mended Heart by Suzanne Eller. The end of Chapter one, I hope you liked it. I will start chapter two next Monday!
~Hope you all had a Wonderfull Easter Weekend~