These are all words that God is using in my life in this 90 challenge of healing.
To KNOW Him more intimately.
To GROW in areas of neglect and weakness.
To SHOW me the places that are still in need of His healing touch.
And until this morning, I didn’t realize that each of these words contains the word OW!
OW as in ouch, that hurts.
This actually makes sense to my simple mind.
The more that I come to KNOW Him, the more I am overwhelmed by the condition of my heart without Him. As I come into an even more intimate KNOWledge of Him, I ache over the sin in me that grieves Him.
As I begin to take baby steps of GROWth, as the muscles of newfound faith begin to emerge and GROW, there is pain. As I try new ways of thinking, of reacting, of responding I feel the GROWing pains and the stretch marks of slow progress associated with it. Baby steps are not without tumbling, falling and failing. Real GROWTH is defined by taking that next step after failure.
When Jesus SHOWs me those areas deep inside that need attention and healing, I want to look away, to ignore the blood and gore. It’s not pretty. When He gently points to and SHOWs me broken places that haven’t healed correctly, He also offers to reset the offending “bones”, a process that essentially means re-breaking a part of me so I can be whole again.
Why would a person subject themselves to such inner turmoil?
Because there is something beautiful on the other side!!!!
The OW will turn to OH!
KNOW will become KNOH!
GROW will transform to GROH!
SHOW will morph into SHOH!
And in new moments of wonder, of aha, my heart will cry “OH!”
This is what makes each moment between here and there worth it….
James 1:4 – Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Proverbs 4:20-22 – My son, pay attention to what I say; listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a man’s whole body.
Psalm 30:2 – O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.
Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Jeremiah 17:14 – Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.