I saw this picture on Pinterest today, saved it, and posted it on Facebook saying, “Then I must have fodder for lots of stories!”
Wreckage. The word sounds dangerously close to “carnage.” Let’s look at the definition of both.
The remains of something that has been badly damaged or destroyed.
The killing of a large number of people (slaughter, massacre, butchery, bloodbath).
Both mean ruination, obliteration, annihilation.
Recently someone I love very much deeply hurt me and I felt very rejected in the situation. My heart felt broken into a million pieces. Shattered. I’ve cried each night going to sleep, and then often awake in the middle of the night with insomnia.
In looking at the situation, I’ve realized my life is in wreckage. And that I have often caused the lives of those I love to be wrecked.
And that the only One who can fix me is God.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalms 147:3)
Debbie McDaniel writes in her article, Finding Beauty in Brokenness: Christ Came to Heal and Redeem:
“We have a Healer. One who repairs. Who can fit the broken pieces that no longer seem to fit right into a perfect design. He works, often behind the scenes, mending, fitting together, creating a better work of art, more than we ever dreamed possible. He makes all things beautiful. Especially in the broken. All from His grace. It is real life. Jagged edges and all. They have such meaning.”
God can take the brokenness of our lives and turn it into something beautiful. We’re all broken.
Broken hearts. Broken lives. Broken marriages. Broken children. Broken families. Broken churches. We all desperately need Jesus.
Hurting people hurt others. We have to come to the foot of the Cross with our hurts and give them to Him.
Only God can heal us and make us whole. Only God can fix the wreckage of our lives.
He is Jehovah Rapha, the God that heals.
“Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested them. He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”’ (Exodus 15:22-26, NIV)
I’m writing a new book now , which is the third and final book in The Cinderella Story series, called The Power of Names. It’s about the importance of your name and the many different names of God in the Bible, including Jehovah Rapha, the God that heals. Stay tuned for more details coming soon.
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