I'm continuing to study Ann Spangler's book "Praying the Names of God" and linking up with Jill of Forever N Ever N Always. If you've not joined in, it's not too late. For me, there's nothing like growing in my understanding of who God truly is that puts my life into proper perspective.
This week we're focusing on God as Yahweh Rophe; the Lord who heals.
God was first introduced as healer in Exodus 15:26:
If you listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.
Ann wrote that:
- God is the source of all healing
- The New Testament reveals Jesus as the Great Physician
- Jesus is the healer of body and soul
- His miracles point to the Kingdom of God
I pray that you will heal whatever is bitter in our lives, transforming us in ways that glorify you. Amen.
I don't know about you but my first thought about healing is people who are physically sick or have a disease. So many people seek healing for cancer, chronic and disabling diseases or simply a cold or the flu.
But have you ever considered bitterness a disease?
Think about this. It starts out with a root of bitterness but over time it can fester and grow. Eventually, it has the potential to manifest itself in a variety of ways including depression, chronic fatigue, and many phyiscal symptoms.
This morning as I sat outside on the patio reading my Bible and praying, I asked the Lord to search my heart and reveal any areas of bitterness that may be creeping in. I hate to admit this but I wrote three pages in my journal.
My seeds of bitterness were small. But God revealed to me that He can transform those seeds of bitterness into sweetness, if only I will entrust them to Him.
I've experinced many changes recently. Most of them are changes that I didn't ask for nor desire. But I felt that I was adapting well and trusting God. I've lost much in the way of material possessions but I realize they are only temporary anyway. And everything I have is really the Lord's.
As the Lord revealed a few things to my heart that were personal, I asked Him to heal me of this bitterness. I layed down everything and everyone at His feet. And I know that true healing is taking place within me.
As bitterness is replaced with sweetness, He reminded me of several things this morning:
I always wanted to grow roses. Last month when we first moved in to this house, there was a dying rose bush. I've fertilized it and watered it, and now look at the beautiful red roses. The Lord knew my favorite color of rose is RED! How like God to bless me like this!
I couldn't resist showing you these buds. Each day I look to see the new blossoms. I'm new at this so any rose growing tips will be appreciated.
LA MAISON ET LE JARDIN for some gardening advice. She lives in the Phoenix area and owns her own Cactus Farm. And btw, we found out that her husband and I graduated from the same high school in Lindenhurst, NY. And we were just one year apart. It truly is a small world after all!
My SIL Amy gave us this gift of a tomato planter. I plan to try it out as I love fresh tomatoes. I have the best recipe for gazpacho which is a perfect cold summer soup.
The Lord God Yahweh Rophe also reminded me of the blessing of ...quietness.
No wonder I can now hear the symphony in my backyard. The birds sing and chirp back and forth. I hadn't realized how noisy a well maintained gated community can be. After all, the loud blowers were constantly working to keep everything well trimmed and looking beautiful. It may not be as pretty and manicured here but I love the new sounds.
The two sounds that most frequently interrupt the quietness here are the sound of jets from the nearby Air Force base and the sound of an ambulance taking someone to the nearby hospital.
The jet sound reminds me of the reality of war and yet I'm so thankful for the young men and women who are protecting our country in the military.
The ambulance sound reminds me that life is fleeting and temporary. This isn't my real home. I'm just passing through and I don't want to waste my life on bitterness.
Sassy Granny is awesome! She is becoming a close friend and yesterday I spent some time with Kathleen and her husband Terry. We went to church together and heard a wonderful sermon. Afterwards we stopped by Paradise Bakery for a coffee and muffin.
So thank you Yahweh Rophe for revealing what was in my heart. Thank you for the healing that only You can provide.
I so want to be transformed into someone that can be useful for His purposes. And I want to glorify God during my time on this earth.
Blessings and love,