“For I will restore you to health and I will heal you of your wounds.” – Jeremiah 30:17 (NASB)
Who hasn’t endured suffering through a trial or doesn’t know someone who has? I’m not sure anyone can answer “not me” to this question. Pain and suffering surround our life. It’s part of our world. Trials are a part of our life journey. God never says we will not suffer. He does say he will be with us and see us through those times of suffering.
Jesus bore the ultimate suffering. When he prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, his “tears became like drops of blood,” (Luke 22:24) and he placed his will in God’s hands. As he asks God to “take this cup away from me; still, not my will, but yours be done,” (Luke 22:42) God gave him strength to endure the suffering of his journey that lay before him. God also sent Simon the Cyrenian to help carry Jesus’ cross. I believe God also sends people and circumstances to us as we place our will in his hands during our struggles, while carrying our crosses.
Everyone undergoes suffering at some point in their life. These trials may come in different shapes and sizes and affect each person in different ways. One may suffer the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, addiction, divorce, be a victim of abuse or a tragic accident. This list goes on. During this time, many people discover a relationship with God or may strengthen their relationship with God. Some may never get passed it. They may become angry with God. They may wonder where God is or how could he let this happen, yet they never ask him. They remain stuck, angry, bitter. Their world becomes plagued with darkness and they can’t move on, past the hurt.
Healing from a tragedy or a trial in your journey of life is key to peace, joy and happiness. Healing cannot be complete without going through a process, an emotional process, a process with God ever present, guiding you.
Many years ago, I went through an emotional healing process, a spiritual healing. Through my journey, I uncovered a reliance on God. I sought God as he guided me through a very emotional and painful divorce. There were several elements along the way that I needed to achieve spiritual healing, total healing from my trial. God prepared me each step. Before advancing to the next step, I needed to learn the step before it. It’s like a father who is teaching his little girl how to walk. Before she can begin to walk on her own, he helps her stand and feel her strength in her legs. Then he holds her hand as he helps her move each foot, one step at a time. When she begins to grasp it, he lets go. She falls and he picks her up, reassuring her confidence as he holds her hand again and then let’s go. The process continues until she masters each step, with his guidance and security knowing he is there to pick her up. This process is similar to God’s spiritual healing process. The entire time he is there giving you strength, guiding your hand, and ready to pick you up when you fall. Then one day, you are ready to walk your journey with joy in your heart.