God Our Healer

 

“For I am the Lord who heals you.” – Exodus 15: 26 NLT

Often when we hear scriptures about healing, our mind shifts immediately to the physical – sickness and disease. We hear testimonies of miraculous healing from cancer or autoimmune disorders. We hear how God spared a life that by all natural circumstances should have been lost. Jesus died for us, and by His stripes we ARE healed; this healing goes far beyond physical ailments.

As I sit here in Starbucks, typing away on my laptop, I cannot help but overhear the conversations around me. I’m not making an effort to listen, but my heartstrings are attached to my ears. There are so many hurting people in our world. Honestly, that was one of the things that kept me from God for the first nineteen years of my life. My life was filled with pain and disappointment. People all over the world were suffering and dying. My young mind could not connect the dots of a loving God and a broken world.

At the table behind me, two lovely women are talking about marriage. One woman is questioning everything. She is a Christian, and her husband is not. She is looking to her friend for wisdom to stay in the marriage or go. As I hear her talk, most of her confusion has come from the opinions and doctrines of other authorities in her life. She loves her husband, but she is also confused.

As wife of twenty-two years, I know how hard marriage can be. I know about the hurt and the brokenness that a couple can cause one another. I know all about the pain and disappointment that comes from the misconception of expecting someone to fix what they have broken in you.

He [the Lord] heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. – Psalm 147: 2 NLT

It is the Lord who heals us. When he took our sin, our shame, our sickness, our disease, he took our heartache, too. He also took the entire responsibility of making us whole. This means that when the circumstances of life break us down, it is God who puts us back together. He is the only one who can make beauty of the ugly ashes of our brokenness. Not only is He able, but He is also willing. He wants to make us whole – to give us joy for our suffering, peace for our chaos, and purpose for our pain.

How beautiful our God is. Though He never hurts us, He still takes us with all of our damage and our baggage. He receives us and says, “Look to me, my child. I’ll make all things new.”

Whatever is causing you pain today. Know that God can fix it. He can fix it so good that you’ll never know it was ever broken. Your pain and your scars will all become part of a beautiful masterpiece, handcrafted by the Maker Himself. When you give Him all your broken pieces, you are one day closer to becoming His greatest piece of art.

 

Shannon Barbosa