He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds. (Psalm 147:3, Holy Bible, New King James Version)
The human body has a natural healing process. Cut your finger and within days, new skin forms to seal the open wound. Deeper cuts may need stitches but still heal within a few weeks. Break a bone and the knitting process is initialized to seal the gap and regrow the bone. Severe breaks or shattered bone may need surgery, but even then, the natural process is at work to strengthen the bones.
Healing a broken heart, unlike physical wounds, can be a slow and painful journey with the absence of specific healing properties to rush to the injured area. No ointment can soothe the pain. Counselors can help, but emotional well-being needs a touch from the Great Healer.
The Voice translation says “He… heals the sorrows of their hearts.” When the wound is too deep, God is there for you.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for emotional healing. Your touch has healed the sorrows of my heart. Amen.
BY VIOLET CARR MOORE
He made us, and we are his.
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Psalm 100:3, Holy Bible, New Living Translation
I watched a shepherd relocate his large flock from a depleted pasture to a more nourishing grazing area. The sheep were not distracted by the line of impatient drivers as they crossed the paved road toward greener pastures. They recognized him as their master and followed through unfamiliar territory without fear.
The Lord cares for us as a tender shepherd. When we recognize His sovereignty―that He is the God who created us―then we, like those sheep, will understand that traveling through unfamiliar territory and rough terrain may be His way to guide us on an uncertain journey.
Prayer: Lord, when I struggle on the rocky trails of the unexpected, I will trust You, my shepherd, to bring me to a place of quiet rest. Amen.
BY VIOLET CARR MOORE
Adapted from Moments of Meditation by Violet Carr Moore, copyright 2007.
“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:” Ecclesiastes 3:1
During winter, the ground is dormant and nothing is growing. Everything looks dead and dry. But, in the spring it all comes back to life. Many people don’t like the winter because of the cold and colorless landscape. It’s then that we need to remind ourselves that within a few short months it will all change!
Sometimes in our walk with God, He allows us to go through a dormant season. We don’t like it because it feels like God doesn’t even know we exist. Maybe you feel like you’re not being used like you were before and that God is finished with you. But, He’s not finished. He’s just getting you ready to move into a new season in your life.
Winter snow contains nutrients that will soak into the ground and allow the crops to grow in spring. The slower the snow melts, the more nutrients are absorbed. When we wait on God, and don’t try to hurry things, we will benefit from the wait. In a season of waiting, allow God to refresh you and prepare you for what is coming next in your walk with Him.
God has a purpose and reason for everything He does in your life. Trust the process.
Prayer: Lord, help me to trust You in everything You are doing in my life. Help me to remember that You have a reason for everything I am going through. I want to be ready to walk into the next season of my walk with You. In Jesus Name! Amen!
BY MISHELLE NALLY