Healing Broken Hearts

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Time spent with God creates in you the healing qualities that exist in God Himself.

In my last post, I used a quote contrasting human love and Divine love, showing the differing effects on our relationships. The more time one spends seeking God, the more His character becomes evident in your relationships with others, just the same as spending time in the presence of evil people adversely affects your character. With life’s busyness, it is easy to miss otherwise clear opportunities to bring healing to people’s broken hearts via the aspects of God’s nature that He has poured into us through our time spent with Him. I wanted to share with you a personal experience for the purpose of encouraging you to be aware of those opportunities.

During a particular year, there was a great deal of additional stress due to my parents having been in a severe auto accident. A couple of weeks into that accident, while they were still hospitalized, God spoke this verse to me while in prayer one morning, “You will be called, ‘Repairer of Broken Walls.’ (Is.58:12)” I didn’t even remember where the quote was located at the time. It was only vaguely familiar, so I looked it up in a software search so I could meditate on the meaning. I didn’t even have much time to meditate as we were about to leave again for the hospital.

A relative was coming into town that day to visit my parents. My spouse mentioned that we should do lunch. I stressed at the thought of time at a restaurant when the crisis had put us so far behind in various aspects of our lives, but then submitted myself to the possibility of this being a divine opportunity. My relative wanted to do lunch. Due to a busload of high schoolers at the restaurant, we had a half hour wait for a table. While talking about certain issues with my parents, the subject came up of how emotionally abusive my maternal grandfather had been and how it influenced certain aspects of my parents’ lives even in adulthood. I noticed that my relative’s face suddenly fill with pain and anger. I recalled an incident from the childhood in which my grandfather had deeply hurt this relative. He had made fun of this relative singing; the person had never sung since.

This relative had recently received custody of a grandchild. The child had been watching children’s shows on TV but, as the child had come out of a bad situation, the child was hesitant to talk and sing along with the programs. My relative wanted to help the child overcome this difficulty, but was still feeling the result of their personal own childhood hurts. Referring to my grandfather, I said, “He’s gone now. He’s dead. Don’t let him harm your life anymore. You need to sing for you! Your grandchild needs you to sing. It is something that will be memorable to that child for life!” My relative began to weep and said, “Thank you, thank you!” I almost missed that opportunity to heal a broken heart due to (1) my own stress and busyness and (2) that I would not have been visualizing myself as a “Repairer of Broken Walls” if God had not just spoken it to me that morning.

Similar to the Law of Attraction, if you visualize yourself as being the healer God desires you to be due to His qualities in you, it will cause you to be aware of healing opportunities.

In Isaiah 61, God lists various aspects of healing in His nature that can flow through our natures as well once we decide to be aware of them. It speaks to “bind up the brokenhearted, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve– to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will rebuild the ancient ruins and restore the places long devastated; they will renew the ruined cities that have been devastated for generations.” By allowing God’s healing nature to flow through you, you can restore the lives of people that have been long devastated, even for generations!

If you feel that you don’t know people who have “walls” to be repaired, you are not taking time to get to know people well enough! Another person recently said to me, “My life was falling apart physically, spiritually, and emotionally until God brought you along.” Every person, no matter how well adjusted or successful, in whom I take the time to show an interest in the details of their lives, has proven that there are deep hurts, issues, “walls” that need to be repaired.

Our culture today puts so much emphasis on “programs” by churches and other organizations, and they have their place, but it doesn’t replace the effect we have on those people we encounter in our daily lives. If we are being stretched too thin time-wise to even get to know people well enough for them to confide in us about their broken walls, we are missing out on one of the single most valuable parts of life. Don’t let culture or religious tradition cloud your focus. Visualize yourself as allowing God’s healing nature to move through you to heal broken hearts. Be a Repairer of Broken Walls!

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