Have you ever wondered why life is so tough for mankind in this lonely world we live in? We struggle to make ends meat and fear sufferings to come. We tend to ponder on our problems so much that we start each day with it, we talk it, we eat it, we sleep it and in the end we live our problems.To talk, think and ponder on problems is a good beginning, but that is only the beginning. We were not created to live our problems, or to end a day in anger. Sleepless nights over work, money, stress, fear and whatever else are actually our own fault.
Be angry, and do not sin. Do not let the sun go down upon your wrath, (Ephesians 4:26)
What are we suppose to do then?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
The time has come to learn to take our problems to God. By prayer and supplication we go to our Heavenly Father with our problems. We talk our hearts out, spill our guts and leave the problem with God.We need to admit to the entireness of life. We tend to think that wounds and scars are things to be ashamed of, or to be feared. In this misconception, of this warped mindset, the understanding of being healed is to be without any wounds or scars – but what about being human?
Plastic is then the result of this warped mindset…
There are even musicians signing about it, like songs by:
Don Francisco – Plastic smiles and Faces…
Casting Crowns – Happy Plastic people under plastic steeples with walls around our weaknesses and smiles to hide our pain…
God is a spirit, and they who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.
“Truth” speaks about being real and truthful in yourself.
…do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, in order to prove by you what is that good and pleasing and perfect will of God. (MKJV)
Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in every way and may keep well, even as your soul keeps well and prospers. (NIV)
(3 John 1:2.)
(Having a prosperous journey, succeeding in reaching wholesomeness)
Yes, this might be a hard thing to swallow, but we have reality screaming it at us! Jesus also walked the road of suffering, receiving the wounds of humanity, which eventually caused His death. Wounded and bruised He laid Himself on the altar of heaven for our sin… and when He returned in magnificence, in His glorified Body, He called Thomas and said “…come put your finger in here, and your hand in here…”
…though being a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.
Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, cultivate your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Therefore putting aside all filthiness and overflowing of evil, receive in meekness the implanted Word, which is able to save your souls.(James 1:21.)
So wounds and scars is part of life if not Christ Jesus would have returned without them. Wounds and scars should not be feared and we do not have to be ashamed of it – wounds are received, but scars are grown…
As we walk the road of restoration the wounds heal, but the scars remain as a testimony of our life, survival and strength – “now you go and do the same”
And I end off with the words of Job “(Lord God) I have heard of You by the hearing of the ear; but now my eye has seen You. (Job 42:5.) Wow, just think of the road Job travelled, the wounds he received, but in the end he had seen God in the scars…