Last week I explained how I came up with these three phrases:
If you didn't read last week's blog, I invite you to do so now.
Each one of those phrases represents a part of the healing process from having been spiritually abused. There comes a time when the pain and suffering have had their say in “rendering” us. We realize that we can’t carry it any longer. We’ve had it. And so we sur-render to our Maker.
The Latin prefix “sur” means “over” or “above.” We have given over our “rendering” by life's events, to the Lord who loves us unconditionally. And now he can “sur-round” us with his loving comfort and healing presence.
There’s a song I can remember singing a few decades ago called “His banner over me is love.” Exactly. His profound love and creativity is over our rendering. He covers all our wounds with His, and draws us to Himself with such free abandon and joy. He reveals the new purpose He has for us.
Or, is it that He reveals the purpose He has always had for us. And then, wonder of wonders, He breathes new life and sets us on our feet. His Holy Spirit is present with us as a gift we were having extreme difficulty even being aware of before. And with that gift comes creativity – creativity in the Lord. He can empower us to do more than we can possibly imagine.
Even with all that, becoming more and more aware of who we are in Christ, what we are to do in Christ, and the specifics of our healing – the awareness of all that is a process. I suppose it could happen in a flash of light. But most of the time, it’s a life-long process – a journey. Sometimes the hurt of the wound re-surfaces, and we need to bring it to Christ again.
That whole process – that whole Journey into Christ – is the most blessed life event that I know of. Being willing to stay the course is the thing. My prayer is that we will be willing. That's the stuff saints are made of.
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