A Heart Healed; A Heart Re-Broken; A Heart Set Free
If I were to ask you what you think of when you think of February, many of you would immediately say “Valentine’s Day”. I can remember as a kid counting every “heart” card I received. In my mind, every card was an individual stamp of approval. As I got older, Valentine’s day was either real good, if I were in a relationship, or real bad and only for fools, if I didn’t have anyone to share it with. Now, Valentine’s Day is a special time I spend with my precious husband. And trust me, he has already been given hints on how “I” want our special day spent. (Trust me, it sure does not include me cooking!) Valentine’s Day is supposed to be all about love, and since God is love, I cannot help but think about Him during this season. The greatest Valentine’s gift is the one God gave to man. I cannot fathom the amount of love that sent Christ to the cross for the likes of me! I can’t really wrap my mind about the unconditional, never failing nature of God’s great love, but I have had the privilege of seeing His love in action – time and time again. And that is what I want to talk about for a moment…
The whole purpose for this blog is to deal with “real” life issues. Well, today I am dealing with one that has touched me down to the core of my being. Today I am losing someone very special; someone who has been in my life for sometime. Unless there is an amazing miracle, she will be gone in the next few hours. As she is about to step into eternity, I could not help but think of how God’s incredible love healed her broken heart; how His love “re-broke” her heart for the lost souls He put in her life; and how He is about to set her precious heart free to experience the glories of eternity with Him.
When she came into Teen Challenge, she was broken. She had been so wounded, wounds caused by others and even herself, that she trusted no one – especially God. She came to us having lived a life of addiction; a life filled with run ins with the law; a life of regret for all those she had hurt – especially her children and a life where she did whatever it took to survive. She accepted Christ as her savior, but had struggles trusting this God she was learning about. While in program, she used heroine while off grounds. She over dosed. When I got to the hospital, I stood by her side as they paddled her back to life. She had had enough. She humbled herself, started program over and did not look back. God began to heal the incredible wounds in her heart. But He did not stop there. God healed her to use her as a tool to see others healed. She knew she was called to help others who were as broken as she had been. She committed her life to ministry. She served for years with extreme compassion and love; and gave others hope has they started their healing journeys. Her humor was intoxicating; her commitment carried her farther than many would have ever gone (even when she was gravely ill); and her loyalty to her TC family was unfailing. She never lost her “street smarts” and as a TC director, I can say she never led me wrong. And now, God is about to set this heart free…. She will no longer be held back by a body that kept her limited; and she will begin to experience wonders we can only dream about.
So what are the “take-aways” from this dear one’s life? There are many, but I want to list just a few:
- No matter the type or severity of how you have been “broken”, you are not beyond the healing power of the Great physician.
- God can, if you allow Him, use every bit of your brokenness for His glory.
- Though God’s healing may not happen over night, He will heal; He will restore; and show you that he still has a plan for your life.
- When it is all said and done; when our lives begin to fade; all the brokenness will be left behind and we will soar to an eternity beyond imagination.
May the God of Love heal every wound and show you how amazingly precious you are! #inmemoryofamendedheart