The healing journey for me is a process. It’s kind of like Paula Abdul’s “two-steps forward and two-steps back” ditty. It’s also rational and emotional. You Greek scholars might say logos and ethos. The paradox of life is not lost on healing because some people aren’t healed. That’s a fact. You might be anticipating a death as you read this post, and for you healing is a joke. I share in your grief.
Why there are those who seem to live a long life with no maladies is a mystery to me, but I’m thankful that happens. Then there are those who contract an illness, and in ends in death. I can only say that the fallen nature of our world lends itself to brokenness.
This post is not about a C.S. Lewis look into The Problem of Pain, rather it is an offering of thanks for an experience I had today with my church family and a chorus from Detroit. The Holy Spirit’s washing of healing properties over minds and hearts is a rational and emotional experience. You’re no doubt familiar with 1 Timothy 4.12.
Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, life, love, faith and purity.
The chorus that washed over me with the amazing music they offered did just that for me this morning. I sang with that chorus my senior year in high school, and now almost 30 years later they sang to me the words of Jesus.
I’ve been wrong before, but I think a revival is coming to Nashville and many other cities. Satan is a powerful being that hates that last sentence, but when God orchestrates a movement of longing in people for His presence he can hate it all he wants, but he can’t stop it. Satan is to be respected because he is still able to roam the earth seeking people to devour. History has shown us that the destruction he craves is satisfied many times over, and his work is far from over, but so many times when we think the forces of evil are winning it means that God is about to do an amazing work among His people. Darkness is overcome by light, and God’s presence in His people takes light into all the dark places. My friend Landon Saunders knows first hand what that looks like. He’s been salt, light, leaven and yeast in Godless places his whole life, and you have people in mind who have shown you the same thing.
Christianity is not about yelling who is right and who is wrong. It’s about being the presence of Jesus where you are. There will be times when you need to confront someone who is making bad choices, but always know that God’s timing will reveal peacefully to you those times when you need to do it.
Monday morning is approaching fast, and I don’t know where you’ll be, or what you’ll be doing, but know that God will be there nearer than the blood in your veins. He loves you with a love that is deeper than the Mariana Trench, and what’s more is that He created the Mariana Trench. Nothing in all of civilization from beginning to end is beyond His reach.