In each post in this #AtoZchallenge, I’m highlighting one facet that God has revealed about Himself in the Bible. Most are metaphors (I am the Bread of Life; I am the Good Shepherd etc.) but they aren’t always.
This one isn’t.
In the book of Psalms, Chapter 103 verse 3, the Bible says, “[the LORD] forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases…”
God is a healer. The cross-stitch sampler to the left shows a man leaping for joy, no longer needing a walking stick; he’s been healed of his physical illness. Stories abound throughout the Bible wherein people are healed physically; and also emotionally and spiritually, when their sins were forgiven.
It’s taken me a while to decide what ‘life example’ *I* could give here, to illustrate my point. I mean, I’ve never really suffered any physical aliment from which I needed healing. Nor, to my knowledge, have any close friends or family, so I can’t relate their story here either.
Emotional healing I’ve had a little more experience with though, and long-time readers of this blog might remember the roller-coaster ride that was the time when my youngest was diagnosed with autism.
But the biggie was probably when God healed my marriage.
I posted this photo on Facebook earlier in the week. Hubby and I were out, and I managed to snap a selfie of the two of us – where he was SMILING! This would be the first ever smiling selfie, in over 20 years of marriage.
And I’m sharing that piece of information so you can see how completely He healed us.
You see, we broke up after just 18 months of marriage.
It was pretty bad. And I was the cause… well, to be specific, it was my experiences with a cult a few years prior, which had screwed me up BIGTIME, that had driven us apart.
Anyway, SUPERlong story short, we patched things up and got back together again.
This was only possible because of God. No, really.
The story is too long to tell here – you’ll need to read the longer post here instead – but suffice it to say, God healed us. And look, twenty years later, we’re still together. And I’m proud of that.
That’s not to say we haven’t fought in the meantime. I’m a stubborn thing, and a control freak, neither of which do me any favours. We’ve had some doozies of arguments. But we’re in this for the long haul, and are both committed to that. No matter what. God healed us, and for that I’m eternally grateful.
So that’s my lesson for Day 8. God Heals. He’s healed others, and He’s healed Hubby and I. I can take comfort in the fact that He’ll heal again, whenever and wherever is needed.
That’s pretty awesome 🙂
Have a great day, dear reader!
9 replies on “26 lessons from God’s metaphors: #8”
H was a hard one for me as well, as I had to make some hard decisions involving my injured cat.
Fortunately, my prayers were heard and an option that would heal some broken hearts came to light.
I am grateful for healing opportunities whether it be a broken leg or a broken heart.
Oh Heidi, I’m sorry to hear of your broken heart… but that’s fantastic that an alternate option presented itself!
Writing this post was pretty emotional for me; I appreciate your visiting and taking the time to write a comment. Thank you 🙂
Wonderful, Kai! With so many broken and empty marriages in our culture, it’s so good to hear stories of healed marriages. More important is the fact you recognize it’s the Lord’s work. He is, indeed, the Healer. 🙂
Hi Colin, and yes, too true! He is, and boy oh boy am I grateful!
Thank you for stopping by, and for your comments. They’re appreciated more than you realise 🙂
Very inspiring story. Congratulations to you both. I read a book on Forgiveness around 20 years ago, and it’s thesis has stayed w/ me. Accepting forgiveness from God can be a challenge. I think in part because forgiving is hard, and we often conflate God’s ability to forgive w/ our own. Glenda from
Evolving English Teacher
Hi, Glenda! Sometimes it so much easier to forgive others than forgive ourselves, isn’t it. Thanks for stopping by, and taking the time to comment 🙂
Wonderful theme for your A/Z! I loved reading how God healed your marriage! God does indeed heal and restore and so much more! He is absolutely amazing!
Hi Betty! ‘God is absolutely amazing?’ Yes, isn’t he just! Thanks for stopping by, and taking the time to comment 🙂
It’s so refreshing to find others who understand and appreciate the lessons God has for us. Thank you for sharing your perspectives! Here’s to many more years of happy marriage and family life!