The other day I was so ecstatic after leaving the dentist’s office after weeks of waiting to have my fractured tooth repaired. Who knew it would feel so great to smile again. Another check box in the healing process as a result of our car accident.
Stitches removed. Check.
Tooth repaired. Check.
Car replaced. Check.
Bruising almost gone. Check.
Going to all these medical/dental appointments has forced me to realize one thing, it’s not only the physical hurts that need healing but the spiritual ails as well.
In my recent post on adversity titled How God Mends the Fibers of Our Heart When Adversity Has Torn It Apart, I shared how God is our ultimate healer, in Psalms 147:3 it says, “He Heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds” and who better to mend us back together and fuse the fibers of our tattered and torn hearts than the Almighty Physician, Jesus Christ, himself.
In that post, I also shared this verse from Isaiah 30:15 “In returning and rest you shall be saved; in quietness and confidence shall be your strength.”
I just love this scripture because it gives us freedom from our frantic lives and frazzled souls. God right here, gives us permission to rest. Whether we’re anxious, stressed, depressed, overwhelmed or deeply hurting, he prescribes REST.
But what are we to do after the resting and restoration period?
The past few weeks I’ve been able (or rather) forced to rest so that my body and my spirit could heal. Well some time has passed and my body has done the work the Lord created it to do; however, in order to continue the restoration and strengthening process, the outpatient treatment prescribed was for me to begin using those muscles that were still tender and sore, to begin stretching those tendons that were severed and sewn up and to get back to living my life.
Although, this is a physical example in the healing of our body, it’s a beautiful illustration in the healing of our soul as well.
After all, when adversity has struck us down and ravaged our souls, when it’s torn through the tendons and pierced the soul, God immediately prescribes us to return to him and rest. It’s there, in that quietness and trust where only he can begin to operate.
It’s thereafter the suturing of our souls, where our spiritual therapy begins.
We must flex our spiritual muscles, stretch the tender tissues of our heart, overcome the aches and pains still left over from the impact and get back to fulfilling God’s purpose through our lives as we’re renewed, restored, and reinforced.
If adversity has ripped at your heart, allow the Lord to go to work. Sometimes it’s as simple as a daily dose of His word, other times it may require invasive surgery and although it may hurt, it’s a matter of LIFE and DEATH.
(P.S. Here I am, ecstatic after my dental appointment!)
Here is an additional post which will help guide you in prayer for spiritual rest – Meditation Monday: God Will Give You Rest
As always, feel free to share your heart in the comments below.