(Source: Google images)
God uses the hardships and sufferings in our lives to bring us to a place where we can learn and understand the deep things of life, things that we may never learn any other way. These are the things that break His heart. It is a place where our hearts are ripped open by our own pains, and then we learn to feel deeply for others, too. It is a place where the scales that cover our eyes fall and we begin to really see.
It is a place where we are changed.
It is a place where the Holy One inhabits, where His heartbeat can be heard by ears that were opened. And through our own difficult and painful experiences, He replaces the hard hearts with ones that are made of flesh, and only then that our changed hearts can beat like His. Two hearts beating together as one, loving and showing mercy to all He cares about.
Only then can we become more like Him.
Without His breaking of us through hard and painful trials, we cannot reach that place where we become one with Him. It is a holy place. A place where true wisdom is acquired. A place of knowing Him more, His Word and His will. A place of learning life’s most precious lessons that fortify our faith, help us grow and bear much fruit.
A place where we are stripped of everything that made us proud, and where we can only know of His glory as His presence wraps our humbled, trembling selves.
Yes, He wants to bring us to this place where there is nothing left in us to hold on to, but only His love, His mercy, and His strength. And then, we would know that He is the source of all: our life, our strength, our days. And when we have ceased relying on ourselves, we would learn that He is ALL there is who can make us whole.
This place in His presence is holy. It is where He makes everything new in us: a new heart, a new life.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are past away; behold, all things are become new. (2 Cor. 5: 17)
This is the place for healing.
Here’s another song that I love singing to the Lord in my private praise and worship time. For me, it is as if the lyrics were written knowing what’s in my heart – they express exactly what’s in there. I sing it as an earnest prayer. I hope that it will bless you, too. (Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer by Keith and Kristyn Getty from the album In Christ Alone).