There's a song on the radio a lot lately that has been hitting a nerve with me. One line in particular seem so to stop my thoughts in their track each time I hear it. I don't think it's even central to the main idea of the song, but God has seemed to make this phrase stick out to me each time I hear it.
All things work for the good
Of those who love God
He holds back nothing that will heal you
Not even His own Son
- "Promises" Sanctus Real
I've been thinking about that...He holds back nothing that will heal us. The thought floods me with comfort and joy and gratitude for a loving Heavenly Father who has promised to work out everything for good for those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) But it has me thinking, though the healing is what we're after, the path to healing isn't always easy. Sometimes, it's down right devastating. My heart is heavy thinking about times where I felt like life was over. Circumstances were crumbling. Situations weren't going like I had planned. Tears were overwhelming. Yet now, on this side of it, I see it differently. I see that God was using those situations-even the ones I hated-to heal me. To take the ugly parts of me and get rid of them. Even to heal me from the things that were hurting me, that for who knows what reason I kept clinging to and going back to.
I hope this encourages someone today. Maybe you're going through a devastating time and don't see a light at the end of the tunnel. I pray this finds you. I pray you cling to the promse that He holds back nothing that will heal you, whether it feels like it at the moment or night...claim it...take comfort in it. Trust Him. He is your Living Hope, and maybe...just maybe, the thing you feel is ruining your life right now...could be the very thing healing you.