My dad was a carpenter and I love being a carpenter ‘s daughter! The older I get the more I realize the depth of what my dad taught me. Knowing that Jesus was a carpenter and the son of a carpenter just makes me smile! I’m in good company.
In the early years of our marriage, my husband and I were considering purchasing a really old house and “fixing it up”. We didn’t have the money to fix it up, only the money to buy it. In his wisdom, my dad shared the cost and efforts that would be required if we wanted to fix it up in the right way. He wasn’t sure this was a wise choice. The first thing we needed to look at was the foundation. If the foundation wasn’t secure all of our efforts would be in vain. He also explained how even though the walls looked good, we had no idea what they were covering. We heeded his advice and did not buy that house. Later something better came along and we were so grateful!
Many years later and I find myself still listening to my dad’s advice. Often in our ministry, we refer to our “healing journey” as a restoration process, we are restoring our house; the temple of God. I remember Dad said we must have a strong foundation! I remember he said we must tear down the walls and expose the cracks and crevices.
Many of us have a story, experiences in our lives that shape our thinking and behavior. Often these experiences leave us broken. God wants to heal those broken places. He wants to restore all that has been lost and heal your soul.
Just as a carpenter exposes the bare walls or floor so that he can start fresh, we start by exposing the story that brought us where we are. We must face the truth, exposing all the cracks and crevices of brokenness. It is time to no longer hide behind the secrets we have been holding on to.
In my own life, abortion was a huge secret for many years. Along with that experience, I also hid the stories of 3 miscarriages that tainted my past. Not only did I hide these details, most of my dysfunctional childhood remained locked away as well. The thought of sharing anything crippled me and left me alone in my sadness and pain. To share those personal and so very difficult years would only cause more grief. Or so I thought. How wrong I was to think that hiding it would be better.
As I began to open up to others and “reveal” myself God began to Shine His Light on the dark places of my past. Admittedly I didn’t reveal my whole self at one time, but as I started to peel off the layers and share my life with others, I began to find freedom. I assure you there is HEALING in REVEALING. When we are courageous enough to open up to others about what has happened in our life God will use it in ways we never imagined. It is one of His BIGGEST tools in helping us find freedom. As we become transparent, we are blessed with a bond of trust and comfort that cannot be broken.
Do you have a story? Are you ready to be made whole? Are you ready for God to restore “your house”? I believe this will be your experience as you share your stories.
Since I began my own “restoration project” God has continually reminded me that I am not alone. I want you to know that too! It is so important to remember; we are in this together. Just as Jesus longs for Relationship with you, He also desires for us to have love, joy and intimacy with each other. God designed us to be relational, to need each other and to share life together. It’s love that truly restores us. Love and intimacy lead to healing.