“Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, but He will heal us; He has stricken, but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight.”-Hosea 6:1-2
We have all been hurt at some point in time in our lives. Some of us have minor hurts and disappointments and there are some of us who have deep wounds that seem to work their way to the surface every now and then. Unfortunately, pain is just part of life. But it’s how we choose to deal with it and heal from it is what matters.
In Luke chapter 13: 10-13, we read about a woman who had been bent over by a spirit for 18 years. As I was reading, I was trying to imagine this woman’s circumstance…having only the ground and the dirt as her view. How horrible her walk through life must have been. Then I realized that this has been me so many times in my life. I have allowed satan to have free reign over my mind causing me to drop my head in shame or from a sense of unworthiness. Believing the lies of satan and coming into agreement with him, will only give us a hopeless view of ourselves and our lives. Why do we believe his lies? Why do we choose to give him so much power over us?
I haven’t always been the best person. I haven’t always walked in faith. I haven’t always known grace.
Someone once asked me, “If God were looking at you right now, what do you think He would say?” In that moment, I instantly thought about all of the sins I’ve committed, all of the people I’ve hurt, all of those moments where I couldn’t believe I just did/said that. You know, everything I had done wrong.
“Don’t ever assume you know what someone is dealing with. There are women who walk around daily with the weight of the world on her shoulders but a smile on her face. Encourage, support, and love one another. And above all, it is ok to struggle, God doesn’t require us to have everything together at all times…that’s His job”
This is a story about a woman whose name is not mentioned in the Bible. We know so very little about her and yet she is instrumental when it comes to learning a deep lesson about God’s amazing grace.
In today’s world it is mostly women who are victims of abuse, trafficking, rapes. Women have less rights, are often not allowed to speak their mind. They are seen as less valuable and sometimes have to completely cover themselves. She Rises is a movement that aims to empower and encourage women. Why would we want to do that? Because it’s Gods vision.
It is with some reluctance that I start writing this blog on forgiveness, because it is not an easy subject to write about. I do not know you personally. It’s much easier when we know one another’s personal stories and look each other in the eye and then, when there is trust, speak about how essential it is to forgive. To address this important topic can easily offend someone, because it touches painful issues and maybe you say: ‘Hey … you don’t know what I’ve been through and what he or she did to me.’
I assume we all know and experienced struggles and hardships in life, but some people carry heavier backpacks than others, maybe even from childhood… their pain or sorrow buried so deep in that bag that they don’t even realize that carrying that load has an immediate effect on how they live their life. They can be so accustomed to that burden that they have come to think that the heaviness they feel is just part of who they are. Do you know such a person? Some of them even try to avoid feeling the pain and sorrow by partying, drinking or taking drugs, and of course that will only make things worse.
Just recently I saw a documentary on TV about the work of beach watchers. They were on the lookout for a small child that was missing. The nervous mom stood next to the B-watch team, tears in her eyes. You could see the terrible anguish in her face… where could her child be? I could so relate to her, because it brought back some horrible memories from our own life.