Wounds that Heal, A God Who Comforts

Recently I was hurt. But let me tell you something. Out of wounds come healing, and healing is the reason for life. Healing is a reconciliation to the way things are supposed to be-scars are a beautiful image of the healing, of the redemption. A symbol that reminds us of the time when things weren’t right. When there were tears or sadness. Even though it hurt, the pain is worth His comfort. Our scars make us who we are. They shape us and mold us and lead us, much like the staff of the Shepherd.

The staff is an interesting part of the shepherd metaphor. It comes after the rod, usually. Silly sheep need a rod. The rod is usually a club, or a tree root. Thinking of how David could have killed bears or even lions with this is funny to me. The rod is used as protection for the sheep. The sheep wouldn’t sleep without passing under the rod. It is also used for discipline. Sometimes in my life I choose things that I think will benefit me more than what the Lord is saying. Usually this is subconscious, but it can go on for a period of time if I don’t realize it. The Lord usually wakes me up from this sleep-walking with convictions, or with doors closing. Doors that close really do hurt-but this is His rod. It’s a little bop on the head that reminds me to listen to Him, follow Him, and forsake my old self for my new self.

The staff makes me smile. It is a symbol of care that directs and encourages. It is equally as necessary as the rode. They go hand in hand, like the warm comfort of hot water or the refreshment of cool water (Revelation 3:16). This rode, this encouragement, is something the shepherd leans on. He guides us with it-it is His arm, His hand for us. An extension of His heart. Timothy Laniak has this to say about it:

” The most interesting use of the staff is…”to be in touch.” Walking side by side, almost as if holding hands, a shepherd may simply lay the staff against the side of a special animal. Special perhaps because it needs more frequent affirmation. Or because it is most likely to wander. Or it might just be a favorite.”

After praying 3 years and 8 months for me, my parents have encouraged me and instilled in me that I am special and that the Lord has destined me to be where I am right now for a reason. In this very spot. I can promise you, if you are reading this, it is not by accident. God planned it. You are special to Him. I know this sounds cheesy, foolish even. I promise you that it is true. He is there each day, extending his staff, waiting to be in touch with you. How amazing it is that He wants to be in touch with us. In touch with you. He will minister to you every day, walk with you, talk with you, and listen to you. His comfort is worth the pain, and if there isn’t any pain in your life, His love is better than life.

“Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.”

Psalm 63:3

One day, death will be a memory.

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One thought on “Wounds that Heal, A God Who Comforts

  1. This is great Skyler =) I very much agree, especially with the scars bit. I couple days ago, I was listening to a podcast from the onething conference this year on Kansas City… The man speaking was talking about how Christ came to serve. How that was His main reason (“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”- Mark 10:45) and how many ways He serves us is by being in fellowship with us. By being close friends with us… As you said, listening to us, talking, and walking with us. Because He is the Servant. Being a servant is the action of humility. And how humility is the root of holiness… Which is also how we need to live our own lives, by humbling ourselves and serving others (Phil 2:3-8). For me, this has looked like forgiving and serving others who have hurt me. Not to let them walk all over me, but to love them, eve if only in my mind. I admit, this is the hardest for me because my thoughts towards someone who has hurt me isn’t usually thoughts out of love and certainly isn’t serving them. (Matt 5:21-26).

    Anyway, just wanted to share my thoughts. 🙂

    ~ Mikayla (Joi) Fueshko

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