Memories of a daily deluge of remarks from the belittling bullies broke the heart of the kind hearted tender girl. Degrading letters in the locker, spit wads in the gym and haughty glares launched in her direction were shaping her reality. The eyes of the scarred wounded heart of the adult, kept her in dark reality of the condemnation that consumed the words of the bullies. The wounds were masking, hiding her true reality.
P erception A ltering I nsight N egatively
Pain from wounds can have a purpose. She is not doomed to continue a life time in the reality of condemnation. As she learned of God’s love and accepted the grace of His love the wound was healing and her reality changed for eternity. The kind tender heart now flourished, defined by the wonder of love rather than the wound of hate. The heart was healing though scarred is was stronger now. Through the scars she was able to effectively reach out to other bullied children with an authentic empathy and compassion, comforting wounds and connecting hearts to a source of love.
This story is similar to another story of young girl with a tragic past void of a secure source of comfort. As she was healing, this highly gifted artist wrote the following poem to attach to crosses that she crafted with broken pieces of china:
Just as these whole pieces of china have been broken
for the purpose
of making something different-yet beautiful,
so does God allow us to be broken.
He uses all of our broken pieces
to make something different-yet beautiful.
Sometimes all that we can see
are the broken pieces
but we have to know that God is using
our broken pieces
for His divine plan
When we open our wounds to the healing light of God’s truth our vision changes with a new reality…. we have a new identity.
Faith never denies reality but leaves room for God to grant a new reality ~Jim Cymbala
When we live in the reality of being loved we can love. We are God’s messenger of love. His comfort resets our reality, empowering us to reach out and revive wounded souls with an empathetic informed comfort.
Corinthians 1:3-4 New Living Translation (NLT) 3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us.
Our identity does not rest in our wounds but rests in the wonder of the grace filled love of the divine creator of the universe, our Father in Heaven.