Our oldest son was the biggest of all three of our children. He was so big that he completely skipped newborn diapers and went straight to size 1. I guess you could say he came into this world as a big boy and to this day, we refer to him as our “Big Man”. As a result of his size, his collarbone was broken during delivery. Because he didn’t cry when we came out, we weren’t even aware that he was injured until he cried when the doctors moved his arm. We were instructed to swaddle him with his arm stabilized up against his body. We could not pick him up under his arms because the bone had to stay in position to heal properly. We were also told that there was a chance that he may develop palsy as a result of the injury. For months, we went to doctors’ appointments for his arm until it finally healed. By the time he was 6 months old, his bone had developed a bony callous. A callous is the thickening or hardening around the injury site that forms as it heals. We were also told it would eventually become the strongest part of his collarbone.
We are alot like that area of bone when we are broken. We are fragile, weak, and susceptible to further injury if we aren’t careful. At times, we aren’t even aware we need deliverance in certain areas until we are triggered. For God to heal our brokenness, we have to position ourselves to be healed by Him.
What should we do in times like these? Go to the Father. Admit/show Him where we hurt. Also, we have to be careful about what we subject ourselves to so our healing process won’t be hindered. We must guard our hearts as instructed in Proverbs 4:23 during those times of vulnerability because we can become easy targets for the enemy when our guards are down. That may include unplugging ourselves from social media, phone calls, and anything else that may distract or get us off track. Furthermore, we have to prepare our hearts for Him to work in us to restore and renew what is broken.
After this occurs, we will find that “spiritual callouses” are formed around the areas where we once hurt. Whenever we allow God to complete His healing work in us, we come out stronger in those areas than before. Why? So, we can then go out and love someone else who is broken. We can strengthen someone weak and share our testimony to encourage them. That very testimony may be used to deliver and set others free. Let’s allow Him to work in and through us.
So I ask…where are you hurting today? What are the broken areas in your life that need God’s power to restore and rebuild? Give it to Him. He is able.
To God be the glory both now and forever. Amen.
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