Monday, May 12, 2014

When Life Hurts Too Much Not to Trust

She was an outcast by choice—a moral one.

She was cunning, beautiful, desirable, a wreck, a wounded heart behind a prosperous life.

Wounds had turned to scars. Scars had healed themselves into hardness. That hardness turned into a life of hurting and bleeding that hoped for a better day. 
A life too wounded and scarred to hope too long.

But she had heard about a God stronger than her; stronger than her city; and stronger than the walls she lived on and the walls she had built around her scars.

She had heard that He was “God in heaven above and on earth beneath” (Josh. 2:11) whose people were headed her way. Her hope—almost lost—was marching toward her.

She met two men who worshipped this God. 

Her heart—her wounded and scarred heart—heard their God was strong. 
To be on His side meant safety.

She believed He was a God not carved with stone Who was capable of conquering any wall.

She trusted this God.

Because her life hurt too much not to trust.

Hope kept marching toward her. The God in heaven above and on earth beneath was about to show Himself real and powerful.  She trusted. She kept trusting. She watched as thousands of those who worshipped Him, trusted and obeyed His voice.

He conquered the walls around her and left her house standing strong.

He conquered the walls inside her heart—the wounded and scarred heart—and left her standing in a God she never stopped trusting from that day forward.

Her life had hurt too much not to trust.

And she never stopped trusting.

She joined His people.
He poured out His grace.
She changed her ways.
He gave her royal descendants—Boaz, David.

She became the royal heritage of the Savior of the world (Matt. 1:5).

Because God is a God who saves by grace through faith.

And her life had hurt too much not to trust this God.

He conquered the walls around her and the walls inside.

And the wounds and the scars and the hurt all turned to hope and change and faith that never stopped trusting.

The God in heaven above and on earth beneath conquered the walls.

And when walls are conquered, all that’s left standing are healed hearts leaning hard on a God stronger than any wall.

1 comment:

  1. Hello Bethany Hays. So good to know you through your profile on the blogger. I am also glad to stop by your blog " Capacity corner" and the post on it " When life huts too much not to trust ". I am indeed blessed by your post Yes God is able to conquered the strong walls and can heals the hurts no matter how deep they are. Thank you so much for this encouraging , enriching and strengthening thought. As I was going through the blog post of Lynnae "Once Up on a Child" I came across your comment and felt I should browse your profile and stop by the blog post. I am so happy to know that you are a speaker. I am in the Pastoral ministry for last 35yrs in the great city of Mumbai, India. We would love to have you come to Mumbai and speak to the body of Christ specially women. I can organize Seminars or Workshops on the topics of women's interest to build and strengthen them and equip them for the service of the church. But we would not be able to raise funds for your travel to Mumbai and even it would be so good if some funds are raised to conduct such seminars and Workshops. Looking forward to hear from you very soon. My email id is: dhwankihede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede