John Eldredge reminds us that we cannot get to the answers that heal and restore until we have asked the questions that penetrate our hidden desires.
If we don't take the time to slow down and look at our hearts how will we even know the questions to ask? Even then, it's sometimes hard to formulate the questions.
Some of us have buried our longings and desires so deep we don't even know they are there. So we can start there. Asking God to help us see them, even asking to feel them.
Some of us have walled off our hearts against any further pain and refuse to feel the ache, the pain. But if we wall off our hearts from the pain, does that not also wall off our hearts to love and joy?
A wall is a wall.
"Long before he laid down earth's foundations, he had us in mind, had settled on us as the focus of his love, to be made whole and holy by his love. Long, long ago he decided to adopt us into his family through Jesus Christ. (what pleasure he took in planning this!) He wanted us to enter into the celebration of his lavish gift-giving by the hand of his beloved Son."
You are totally and deeply loved!
Even though it may not feel like it!
Even though it may not look like it!
And we need to look within, but it does not start or end with us...dear ones we cannot heal ourselves. Healing requires a greater power than ourselves.
We can trust...trust the One who made us!
He is for us, He really is!