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7.17.2020 – The Next Bandaid

And just like that, I see it

Hand-in-hand with my Heavenly Father, He brings me to the next thing we’ll face together.

So unexpectedly

A realization gently revealed to me…

And He didn’t have to do it this way, a most kind and gentle way…but He did. ?

He showed me a wound that had turned into a “way” within me that He wants to repair.

This “covered up” wound in my soul has come into His light. ☀️

And He wants to lift the bandage, both He and I together, so that He can wash the wound clean and begin to heal this place in me. ???☀️

And I never realized it was there until this moment that He showed me.

But now I see this bandaid covering a wound.

For a split second I turn and I start to think of how so many others must have seen it, and shame tries to creep in…

But instead of letting me go there, I quickly look back to Him, and then together we count, “1….2…..3!” and just like the good Father He is, He quickly rips off the bandaid.

…and I see the wound now…and I realize it now… this wound that’s been silently festering, this wound that’s been causing problems in my soul, this wound that’s been getting in the way of me and Him.

But He’s so good to show it to me, to bring it into the light where it no longer stands a chance.

And in this moment, I feel no condemnation or shame, only loved by His way and His goodness and His kindness.

And He shows me where I could have been headed, and He shows me the way He’s taking me.

This is what I asked Him for, this is what I have invited Him to do in my heart… ??

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” —Psalm 147:3

And He’s faithful to do what He says He’ll do.

He’s faithful to cleanse us and refine us and transform us.

He’s faithful to take us through a process that will heal our covered, festering wounds. The unraveling and lifting of our bandages, one by one by one…

And He does it in the kindest, most beautiful way.

“He sent out his word and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction.”—Psalm 107:20

Thank You, Father. ?No shame, no condemnation. No hiding. Only healing.

And I realize that as I face these kinds of things, it only allows me closer and closer to His heart, because I face these things hand-and-hand with Him…it’s only more “togetherness” with Him. ?

And then I hear Him say,

“I am proud of you. I call you Mine, and I love and cherish you more than you know. You are redeemed.”

Since we are now joined to Christ, we have been given the treasures of redemption by his blood—the total cancellation of our sins—all because of the cascading riches of his grace. This superabundant grace is already powerfully working in us, releasing within us all forms of wisdom and practical understanding. And through the revelation of the Anointed One, he unveiled his secret desires to us—the hidden mystery of his long-range plan, which he was delighted to implement from the very beginning of time.”—Ephesians 1:7-9 TPT

Thank You, Father. For being so faithful to show me these things, and in Your perfect time, in Your perfect way —what amazes me so much, is the way You do it… the way You lead me into transformation. It’s something only Your tender love and Your grace can do.

-Heather ?

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