” He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds “
Broken Open – haven’t each of us felt this way at some point in our lives, raw and vulnerable? Wondering where do I go from here? Sometimes we reach a point when we have to deal with unfinished business, emotional wounds from the past, or our state of being, and for each of us this looks a bit different. I was at a conference this weekend and during the Holy hour of Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, I watched many women experience being Broken Open. One by one, as Jesus reached into the heart of each person, there were tears, people falling to their knees, and some overcome to the point of complete stillness. One woman sobbed uncontrollably as Jesus touched her heart.
Human nature is such that we often try to avoid dealing with painful experiences. We push uncomfortable feelings aside, hoping to never have to look back again or have to deal with them. We create a block in our minds and say to ourselves, now it is over and it is time to move on. Then we realize one day that in order to move forward we must first look back in order to move forward. It is here, in our deepest pain, that God often shows us his wondrous love and compassion.
God works in mysterious ways and in many lives He comes bursting in through our greatest challenges and most painful experiences. He allows us to experience whatever it is we need to experience in order to grow in our own holiness yet He is there to carry us through and heal the wounds of the past. Our suffering has meaning and purpose we just need to listen within the stillness of our hearts for His voice. God wants to speak to all of us and He wants to love all of us through an intimate relationship with Jesus our Lord, our Savior, our Redeemer, our Healer.
None of us make it through life without a few wounds of the heart. These wounds of the heart often lead us to make decisions that hurt ourselves even further and possibly hurt our relationships and those whom we love the most. Until one day the sadness, anger, resentment, despondency, or hopelessness, comes rising to the top and no longer can we contain it – we are Broken Open. It is at this very moment that Christ can do His greatest work within us. It is at the place of pain that Jesus wants to come in and meet us, gracing us with His love and healing our deepest wounds. It is here that He shows us His unlimited mercy.
This requires us to be vulnerable and open, releasing all control and taking a risk. But if we allow ourselves to fall into the arms of our Lord and Savior, He will wash us in His love and give us the opportunity to live free of the pain of the past. He wants to heal us and He wants us to ask Him to heal us. He wants us to live in freedom and love, we are children of God.