What consumes you? Does anger knock at your door from past hurts or words people said to you? Does loneliness surround you and create feelings of worthlessness? Does the weight of rejection or an addition eat at your heart? Or do the memories haunt your every movement?
Sometimes whatever is consuming us and wrapping us up in self destructive thoughts can be heavy. But it can be stopped. It’s time to shift your focus from what has happened to what can happen. It’s time to let God step into your life to heal the wounds and create scars.
Scars show we’ve been through things and they are stories we can share and influence others. If I hadn’t gone through the heartbreak I did, I wouldn’t have started writing. If I didn’t go through my darkest day, I wouldn’t have surrendered my life to Christ. God works through the toughest situations, like clay going through a kiln.
Ash might be leftover, but God was with you through the fire. He provided not only for Joseph after his brothers sold him into slavery, God also provided for the brothers who betrayed him. Even though the disciples hid in fear after the crucifixion, Jesus still met them in that room. After Jonah ran away and was tossed into the stormy sea, God rescued him with a fish. Just because you messed up or you are consumed with your mistakes, doesn’t mean God can’t use you or fix you. Don’t give up hope pursuing healing. Whatever is consuming you, God can use for good. Seek healing from the One who will never give up on you.
“But Joseph said to them, ‘Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.’ And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.” -Genesis 50:19-21
“No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” -1 Corinthians 10:13