Healing rain is pouring down,
It falls for both the lost and found.
Many people read this blog and deal with mental health issues. The ones that I talk with are gentle and kindhearted. We all can relate in some shape or form. Even whether or not we have an official diagnosis. Common mental health struggles that our society may face can include clinical depression, panic attacks, eating disorders, on and on… There’s also Bipolar disorder, OCD, schizophrenia, and PTSD. And yes, even borderline personality disorder. But it’s important to remind ourselves that we are NOT a label of our diagnosis. There is a soul and a person within us. And it’s this soul that is loved and cherished by God.
In your eyes I see the pain,
So mend this heart with healing rain.
The first step to healing is the acknowledgment of our struggles. If you recall, there’s a story regarding the Apostle Paul and the captivity before his death. It’s in 2 Corinthians 12:7–8 that he expresses his desire to escape the jail cell. Even in this dark place, he still desires to preach God’s word. Paul had such a fire and passion to tell others about Christ. And even in a jail cell, he still held that passion. But this request to be set free was given an unexpected answer. God’s reply was a promise that our suffering in Christ will never be in vain. It’s a promise that still holds today. Paul further wrote about this, saying “I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” It’s funny to say that even in jail, Paul still changed the world. We now consider him among the most influential preachers within the Christian faith. You can be held on death row and still change the world. Paul’s lesson is also confirmed in Romans 8:28. He says, “All things work together for good to those who love God.” It’s a beautiful promise given by God himself.
May your tears of joy and shame
Be washed by blood in Jesus’ name.
After the crucifixion of Christ, He would appear in front of His disciples. And it was at that time when Jesus himself showed the scars on His hands and feet. The disciples could see in person where the nails pierced His flesh. But isn’t this significant? Christ himself has scars… This is strangely overlooked.
I say all this in such a case that you have scars too. So if you feel life has left you with too many scars, just know that God has scars too. Let us remember the sacrifice that Christ endured. Let us remember the insults, the beatings, the cuts, the bruises, and the bloodshed. He was spat upon and mocked. And he did all this to see us one day.
May you know that you’re never alone. Even if the world can’t relate to you, know that God always can. He knows where you’re at in life. He knows where you’ve been and where you’re going. He knows the scars that you carry, the mistakes that you’ve made, and the fears that you have. It’s beautiful to know that God cares and will see us one day. May we keep that in remembrance…