Last weekend, my husband and I took my mom to visit our relatives in Maryland. We all had such a fun time together, just enjoying each other’s company and laughing a lot!
As usual, the food was delicious, and being that they live so close to the Chesapeake Bay, you know they picked up a bunch of steamed Maryland Blue Crabs. All I can say about that is …YUM!
My cousin’s husband gave me some pointers on how to eat the crab, and I was armed with a mallet and a little sharp knife. Although, I have to admit, my husband did most of the work for me, I proceeded to get down and dirty with those crabs, and it tasted like heaven!
On the way home, I noticed that I had cut my thumb…it was like a deep paper cut. I hadn’t even noticed when the damage was done. After a while, it started throbbing and hurting. For the next few days, that little cut was annoyingly painful, and it didn’t seem to be healing.
It’s a week later, and I am noticing that it is healing from the inside out. The cut is still opened on the surface, but I can feel a slight hardening around it, indicating the internal healing work that is occurring, and the pain has finally subsided. I’m guessing all traces will be gone in a few days’ time.
Isn’t that the way sin works in our lives? Sometimes, we fall into it without even realizing what is happening. Satan is very deceiving, and can twist things around in our minds…holding us bound. Then all of a sudden, we are made aware of the consequences of our sin, and the pain starts.
We pray, and think we’ve given it to God, however the pain doesn’t subside, sometimes it even seems to get worse after prayer.
When we are sincere in our sorrow, have confessed our sin, and have repented, God will always work miracles in our hearts. What I have noticed in my own life, is the Holy Spirit works deep in the layers of our hearts…most of the time, we aren’t even aware of the dark places that are being healed. We focus our attention on what we can see and feel, and sometimes waiver in faith…and doubt that we are forgiven, and the Lord will heal us.
The Lord heals us from the inside out.
Our journey and timelines may be different from what we expect, however, according to His will, our hearts, minds and souls are being transformed.
As the transformation continues to change us, we will start to see the fruits of the spirit manifesting in our lives. As we start to see evidence of love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, we can rest assured that we are aligned with Jesus, and He is within us.
Thank you Jesus, for loving me; patiently healing all the dark places in my soul. Please hold me in your light, and teach me to love you more perfectly, by showing me how to love others.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate[a] the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18