Old Wounds

Home is a place you grow up wanting to leave, and grow old wanting to get back to.  ~John Ed Pearce

 
“The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful,
    a puzzle that no one can figure out.
But I, God, search the heart
    and examine the mind.
I get to the heart of the human.
    I get to the root of things.
I treat them as they really are,
    not as they pretend to be.”
Jeremiah 17:9-10
 
I remember a story that prayer warrior Dutch Sheets conveyed about Africa. There was a boundary war going on, a scuffle ensued and there was a wounded man.  The Medicine Man did his magic and the man got up and moved on.  He was not right, but he looked good.  The man came back to the missionaries and they prayed for him where all could see.  The old wound was revealed, the people were shocked.  The missionaries continued to pray and the wound was then closed up before their eyes.  
 
Often, God has to do some cleaning before the real wound is revealed.  It may hurt again, bleed again, but when God gets to the heart of it, the healing can truly begin, and we can be made whole.
 
Today, offer up that old wound that is throbbing like an arthritic knee before a storm.  Let God’s cleansing breath begin the work on what is really there.
 
Because of Him,
Linda
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