The path to healing a hurting heart…
1.Know that suffering will happen
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
As much as we wish it didn’t, this life involves suffering. It involves pain and heart break- and sometimes it can be so much to bear. Have you ever had your heart hurt so bad that you can feel it deep in your stomach? Or that all you feel like you can handle right is to get as far away as you can, or crawl in a hole? Whether your heart is hurting from life circumstances, being hurt by somebody else, being attacked by the devil, or even yourself, it can be hard to know what to do with that pain. But, we can rest in the fact that God knew that this world would bring us suffering, therefore he was prepared to bring us peace.
2. Let Him give you comfort and peace
You who have made me see many troubles and calamities will revive me again; from the depths of the earth you will bring me up again. You will increase my greatness and comfort me again. Pslam 71:20
Sometimes hardships is just life. This life is not easy, and He never said it would be. But, He did say that he will be here to comfort us in our time of need. No matter what you are going through and hurting with, God wants to be a part of it with you. Jesus has been through every emotion possible, and is especially familiar with suffering. Let Him in and feel your pain. Let him take that burden and hurt off your heart. He wants to do it for you. I am a firm believer that any hardship in life can bring you closer to Him. It could be the hardest trial of your life thus far, or the smallest…but you better bet that He wants to be included.
3. Trust in what is happening
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
As much as we want to believe that we as humans know what’s best for us, we just don’t. And that’s why we have to trust, especially when times get rough, that He knows what’s going on and that He has a plan. Each hard ship makes us lean on Him more and more, in return growing our trust in Him. But not only that, we have to consciously choose to trust Him. To give Him control in our minds and let Him bring that peace unto our hearts.
4. Truly follow Him
Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Galatians 5:25
Trusting that He knows the best path for you is one thing, but actually letting Him take control and influence your decisions is, in my opinion, the hardest part. He may ask you to trust Him when all of the doors close on you…and you kind of have to because He has already done the decision making. But what about when he asks you to close or open a door when you know that it will bring you and/or someone else suffering? That is hard. But when the time comes to make those decisions, remind yourself that the Spirit does not lead you into a dark room. He’s not going to lead you to a place of confusion and dead ends. He always has a plan with the ending that was made for you and that’s where you have to trust and make that leap of faith with the decision he is calling you to make. It might not always make sense, it may be scary and hard, but following Him was never said to be easy. God wants to bring you joy and life, and He will do just that, however, it may not be in the way you imagined it or in your timing.
Things might not make sense now, things may be so painful right now. But remember that He is right there, all around you. In front of you, leading you on your path. Beside you, holding your hand. Behind you, ready to catch you if you fall. And most importantly, inside your heart ready to comfort you.