I am blown away.
I am writing at night for the first or second time, usually it is in the morning when I am more melancholy. Right now I am filled with the Holy Spirit and I am bursting. Just bursting.
I think I just heard the most important message of my life. Emerson Eggerichs spoke at a women’s event at Ada Bible. If you have never heard of him he is an internationally known speaker on marriage among other things. Who happens to reside right here in Grand Rapids.
How God orchestrated THIS speaker and THIS speech at THIS time- I have no words. Add it to the list, which is a mile long, of God’s hand in my life directly and undeniably.
His message was called the Wounded Healer.
Right now I am wounded beyond compare, bruised, damaged, bleeding, I can barely take a breathe without the stab of “my son is gone and he’s never coming back. My son is gone and he’s never coming back. He’s in a cold box in the ground and he’s never coming back.”
I did not honestly think I was going to go on to ever enjoy life again. Only struggle. Only heartache. Only that unfillable hole. I did not think I could go on because the hurt was TOO BAD. JUST TOO HARD. TOO INCOMPREHENSIBLE. I would never be able to accept it, much less heal, much less want to live.
I am afraid of even trying to paraphrase Emerson’s message. The most powerful part to me was when he told of a professor at Wheaton college who had lost his wife and daughter in a car accident. He lost everything and had gone on to be the most Holy, compassionate, Christ-filled, humble healer Emerson had ever known.
When there’s devastation there is always the why. Why God, Why would you take my son. Why when he’s just begun to experience life. Why when he was such a beautiful person and had such potential. Why would you give me such indescribable hurt.
There is only silence. Yet we know the very nature of God and he loves us THAT MUCH. We know that if we were the only person on earth Jesus would still have died for us. There is no greater love. He paid for our sins. He wiped the slate clean. The God of the universe loves us.
So I know I am wounded- I am left with Healer. I know that when January 16 happened I felt like my life was stripped away and nothing else mattered. Nothing else mattered but Jesus. Jesus and the hurting world that is so, so, very wrong. a confused world that is selfish and fake, where no one really knows who they are and what they are doing here. How can I heal when I am so broken? What can I do being one little tiny person in a great vast landscape of evil? All I know, all I really need to know is I can be used. Somewhere and somehow. Instead of bitterness I choose joy. I choose healing.
I Peter 2:24
“He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.”
Please, I beg of you to watch this Emerson Eggerichs “Wounded Healer” on adabible.org/women