Today as we were drying off sports therapy equipment, another church volunteer said to me “You know, these kids will never be able to trust 100%. They’ll always be dealing with this. This will affect them adversely…forever.”
Really?! I was shocked, stunned, and dismayed. Horrified, actually. Maybe this person needs to get out of volunteer work! The Bible is full of God’s promises of strength, love, and peace! His perfect love empowers people to trust & have joy & have abundant life…and on and on!
Jesus did not say “Come to Me and I’ll give you partial, so-so, just-enough-to-get-by rest.”
Jesus did not say “My half-peace I leave with you.”
Jesus did not say “Some authority has been given to Me.”
I believe that God means it when He says in Psalm 147:3 “He HEALS the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”
I don’t know why I’m still so surprised when well-meaning churchy people label victims as never. Not able. Will always suffer. Can never fully trust. Have these Christ followers even met the Person they’re following??!! Have you had a similar conversation like I did today? What do you believe?
I believe that God means it when He says in Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all those thoughts are fixed on You!”
It says ALL people. Not just some. When we put a value on it – when we decide who can and who cannot have perfect peace – we limit God. So does perfect peace only come to those people who lost a child in a car accident? To those who are unable to conceive? To those who are wounded and dying on the front lines in battle? To those who tore the ligaments in their knee right before they were supposed to play in the NBA playoff game? If this sounds absurd, that’s because putting any value or label on it IS absurd!
Instead, God has the power to give His peace to families who prayed for healing from a brain tumor but didn’t get it on this earth. And, God is powerful enough to heal a brain tumor. God is powerful enough to give Stephen peace even while being killed by stoning. Our God is mighty in that He can heal the paralyzed, the sick, and the blind. God is powerful enough to raise Jesus from the dead. The Almighty God is powerful enough to take away the pain of being sexually molested. And yes, the Almighty God has the power to give His peace & complete healing to people who were rescued from sex-trafficking.
God has the strength to help a person trust again. 100%. And God has the strength to help a person again trust 20 years after being rescued, when a trusted-someone in this new chapter of life lets you down. Because with God, the math never makes sense to our human, finite, narrow minds. He bandages our wounds now. He will bandage our new wounds that will come with life.
I believe Jesus can do what He says He will do…and I believe we can and will want to keep coming to Him, through every stage of life.
“Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I WILL GIVE YOU REST! Take My yoke upon you. Let Me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, AND YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS!”