Jesus once told a story: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him, beat him up, and fled, leaving him half dead. A priest happened to be going down that road. When he saw him, he passed by on the other side. In the same way, a Levite, when he arrived at the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. But a Samaritan on his journey came up to him, and when he saw the man, he had compassion. He went over to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on olive oil and wine. Then he put him on his own animal, brought him to an inn, and took care of him. The next day he took out two denarii, gave them to the innkeeper, and said, “Take care of him. When I come back I’ll reimburse you for whatever extra you spend” Luke 10:30-35
As I read this piece of scripture Jesus spoke to me saying, I am the Samaritan and you are the man, allow me to heal you. Allow me to minister to you. Allow me shower compassion and kindness upon you. I know you have been overlooked, passed by, and wounded. I know the world tells you to, “just get over it” but I have come to bring you healing.
Jesus wants us to make room in our lives to heal. Making room for the God of the universe to bring healing is not easy. We tell ourselves to be strong. We tell ourselves we need to minister to others and we don’t have time for own healing.
When was the last time you took time for Jesus to minister to your wounds? When was the last time you allowed him to bandage up what was bleeding? When was the last time you allowed Him to take care of you?
Living so long with the pain and internal struggle has made us believe this is all there is. It’s simply become a part of us. Something we thought we had to just live with. We may always walk with a limp.
It’s where we get stuck.
Healing is not easy. It means letting go and believing He has something better. It means letting go of what once brought you comfort, so you can face the pain and surrender to what your heart truly longs for.
It means letting down your guard and allowing the great Physician to bring healing.
Yes, I know it may hurt. True healing and wholeness is on the other side of our brokenness. Restoration is waiting on the other side.
I know you may ache and no one seems to understand or even seem to care.
You’re falling apart on the inside, holding it together on the outside. Trying to not allow yourself to feel, because you just may fall apart.
If the tears start they may never stop.
Jesus says today He sees you. He knows you. He loves you. He wants you to feel. He wants you to heal from the inside out.
He heard those unkind words they spoke when they thought you weren’t listening. He was there when you were overlooked and misunderstood. He felt the pain when you had no tears left to cry.
Allow yourself to heal.
He chooses you when no one else does.
Don’t hide your pain from the One who heals.
He is calling us to new levels of surrender.
Like a child protecting its skinned knee, you think you can protect yourself from the pain….but maybe it’s in the pain we find healing.
Maybe that is what I have been doing? Running from the pain, thinking time heals when really time only hides and subdues the pain. Jesus is the only One who heals!
We have to trust him with our brokenness for Him to heal us. Restoration and wholeness is on the other side of brokenness. We just need to trust Him.
Let’s make room for Him to heal you. Carve out some time this week to just be still before Him. Allow Him to love on you. Allow Him to wrap your wounds and to pour His oil of gladness over you.
He wants to take care of us. We cannot pour back into others unless we allow Him to minister to us.
It is not selfish to take time out to be with Jesus. It is not selfish to sit and just be. All guilt is washed away when He says, “Arise my darling. Come away, my beautiful one” Song of Songs 2:10.
Sometimes when life gets busy we deny ourselves the ability to feel, to dream, to grieve, and even to breathe in the sweet tenderness of His Spirit.
Jesus waits lovesick for us to spend time with Him. He sustains us. He refreshes us. He embraces us when no one else does. He can handle the weak you. The tired and cranky you. The frazzled and The you that has nothing left to give and the you that wants to give up. He can handle it all.
He wants to handle it all.
I hear Him say…
Come away with me…
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