I never ceased to be amazed at God's constant teaching over ordinary events. This week I had the opportunity to demolish an old shed from the 1950's, carefully tearing it down board by board. I hope to recycle the wood into a shed on my own property. After 3 days of work and no real injuries, I accidentally step on a nail that went through my shoe and deep into my flesh. Man that hurt! Thankfully, my two kids were with me and helped me bandage the wound so I could keep working. Of course, they tried to convince me to use the injury to take the rest of the day off, but there was too much work to do. We worked for another 3 hours before we loaded up supplies to head home. I couldn't imagine how painful operating a clutch would be with that injury on my left foot, but it was breathtakingly painful. After arriving home and thoroughly cleaning the wound again, I decided to head to the urgent care in the morning for a tetanus shot, just in case.
This morning at the medical clinic, the doctor informed me he'd put himself through medical college framing houses. He jokingly said I broke the cardinal rule for a construction site. I tried to explain that I'd been diligent in picking up every board that fell and moving it into a pile so no one would step on a nail. Sadly, there was one I obviously missed that had recently fallen from the roof. That one board had the old rusty nail which penetrated my sole. After examining my injury, the doc agreed I needed a tetanus shot, but he also stated it looked, "swollen and angry" and as a precaution I should take antibiotics to prevent infection.
Step, OUCH! Step, OUCH! Step, OUCH!
As I walked out of the office, I thought to myself, "so this is what anger really feels like." Back in the car I began thinking on the various verses about anger and bitterness and how after something has penetrated your soul, these two negative emotions can move in and fester. Left untreated, they infect your entire mindset and life. When our hearts are wounded, we need to seek the Good Physician for healing. He bares healing in His wings and will cover you with love and forgiveness until you are whole and can love and even forgive those that wound you. His word is the strongest antibiotic we can ever have to counteract the infection of sin from destroying our lives.
I love hearing testimonies of God working in the lives of His children. So if you have a cool story of God helping heal a wound, I love to hear it. Also any funny construction stories you have are always good too. God bless.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice; and be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.
Psalm 34 challenges us to "Taste and see that the Lord is good." Sadly there are many times in our life that are full of bitter moments and even leaning on God feels bittersweet. When our hearts are deeply broken heart after losing a loved one is one of the most difficult times to believe, "God is good." In those moments we can't taste or see the good through all our pain. Although everyone reminds us the Lord is good, it is a challenge, wrestling with the anger and pain of our loss with the reality of the goodness of God. Last night as I was in deep conversation with my son over the loss of a very dear friend, a little five year old boy. My son asked me how I could know that God was really good when He didn't prevent this young child from dying from cancer, even though we prayed believing completely he would be healed and God did not honor our prayers. It was then the words of Psalms 100:5 came to me,
“For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting;
and his truth endureth to all generations.”
The Lord is good, though in this generation we may not see it all the time. His mercy is everlasting and because of the cross of Jesus, our sins were paid for and that little boy who past from this plane of existence did not die. He is alive, perfectly whole in Jesus because God's truth endures. One day our pain and agony will end, and we will clearly see God's truth fulfilled as we are united again with our loved ones forever in mercy and glory. Then after explaining this, I reminded my son that sometimes we must look back on our life and reflect on all the good that God has done to remind ourselves. We cannot dismiss all those good things because we feel bad right now. Even in our current pain, God is good.
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