God knows are pain and brokenness. it doesn't catch him by surprise or ruin his plans. one of my favorite verses these days is:
"But this happened so that the work God might be displayed in his life" John 9:3
God is using our very wounds to bring about his purpose for us. we live in a broken world and bad things happen. bad choices are made and we have to seek God for healing. i'm a firm believer that we serve a God who LOVES to heal! all throughout Christ's ministry he healed people. it was one of his favorite things to do. why should i not believe he can do the same for me and my family?
i love the phrase my friend shared this morning "your wounds attract God's glory"! God restores our soul. He can heal those deep dark wounds that have altered who we are. He can heal us and make us new.
"The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever."