He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.
We walk through the arid pavilion, cobble stones under our feet and sun rays from the glass windows soaking warmth over us. Various species of flowers and shrubs line our path, splashes of chrysanthemum pink, cactus green, and purple lily touching our eyes. The air is sweet, still and fragrant, but I am not sure what it is I smell. I do know that even though it is a chaos of many scents, I am at peace.
He has led me again, to a place of healing.
Just hours before, anxious and frustrated, I’d followed my friend to the restaurant table. As our waitress layed menus in front of us, I shrugged my heavy coat off, hung it on the back of the chair, and then sat down, thoughts spinning of unread emails, unheard voice-mails, and disappointment of another promise gone.
I force a smile to my friend. “How are you?”
He lifts his water glass, takes a sip, his blue bell eyes searching, locked with mine in care, in friendship, in kindness.
And I want to look away from this display of gentleness.
Resist this friendship.
Not surrender to this kindness.
My mind flickers to a memory. A time of tears, in my car, on a rural highway, alone. In a hurtful time, in a situation I needed to let go of. A situation that brought moment gratification, filled my need for human comfort, but left me broken, ashamed, and soul wounded.
How could I have slipped so far?
And then I heard His voice.
Just let Me love you, He said.
Just let Me love you.
But how could I? How could I, wrapped up in all my shame, all my wrongs, let Him love me?
I washed you clean with my blood, Lynn. I was the ultimate sacrifice. There is nothing you can do that will ever break my love for you.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (John 3:16-17)
I breathe in.
I journey into His promise.
But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5
And journey into surrender to Him again.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
My friend places his water glass down on the crisp, white cloth that covers our table, his eyes not leaving mine.
“I’m happy to be here. Thank you so much for inviting me,” he tells me. “What a beautiful place.”
“Maybe after lunch we can take a walk through the pavilions, into the gardens?” I ask.
“Absolutely!” he replies.
And we do.
May the love of God melt any coldness within you. God loves you, wants to heal you, bind up your wounds, and has gone to extreme measures to show you. He loves you for who you are today.
Will you walk in His garden of love today?
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