The Healing Idol

Psalm 147:3 He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds (ESV.)

My previous blog was on a birthday party I wanted to throw for my husband. The family I invited never responded. Since that happened I’ve been spending a lot of time in prayer, Bible reading, and thought. I prayed for that family today. As I was praying I could feel a sting of pain. I felt like my family was kicked when we were down. We struggle so much with our son’s disability as it is. We could have used a blessing. But God said something to me about this I didn’t expect. His words took me by surprise…

There’s an idol in my heart.

Healing can even become an idol.

I have been working through trauma for a few years now. I have become so focused on healing and making things right that it has taken the place of the Healer. Yehovah.

Focus on the Healer more than the healing.

I love God. I pray, read His word, and seek Him. But my mind shifts often to healing and controlling details and people in my life so it’s comfortable for me. The interesting thing is the less I obsess on healing and seek God, the more it just happens. When I “try” to heal myself, I end up falling down, all scraped up from my wounds.

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Some of you have been very wounded. But, you also have unhealthy patterns still playing out in your lives. You want healing so badly. You cry for it. Have begged for it. It’s as if you peel off the scab every few minutes to see if the wound is healed yet. You don’t need to strive for healing as much as lay at the feet of the Healer and seek support from those who will help you do so. If you lack support and can relate to these words, let me be your cheerleader. This is your confirmation.

Just because something has been hurting for so long doesn’t mean it will always stay that way. Sometimes we get stuck because we don’t know how to get unstuck. In my case, it’s a combination of focusing more on just the Healer and getting the right support. Invalidation, like that no response, doesn’t help at all. Love and compassion heals.

Some may look from a distance and say, “I’ll be around when you’re all healed.” They don’t understand that their support IS healing. And, people who will only be in your life when you’re at your best are not true friends. That is not the love of Yeshua (Jesus.) Yes, healthy boundaries are needed. But staying silent until you are a convenient person for them is not a good relationship. Pray for and seek good, godly relationships. I promise there are those who will love you where you’re at.

Today, I want to encourage you to focus on the Healer. Seek healthy relationships. I’ve learned first-hand that trials reveal who your real friends are. There are those that want to and do reach out. And there are those who don’t. In my case, I’m taking that family to prayer. Only God knows their hearts. I am choosing love. But, I am spending my energy on those who want to be in my life right now.

Remember, sit at the Healer’s feet (God.) His perfect love will cast out fear and heal you faster than anything else. Remove the idols in your heart.

Psalm 40:1-3 ESV I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord.

Matthew 11:28-30 ESV Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
1 John 4:16-21 ESV So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear.
For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. We love because he first loved us. If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

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