Recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to realize yet again that the Lord is my Healer.
Someone asked me this question the other day, “Are you so tired during the week because you are drinking or doing drugs on the weekend.” (paraphrased)
My response was to chuckle and tell them that “No,” I wasn’t drinking or doing drugs on the weekend.
I found the question humorous because I haven’t touched a drop of alcohol in over sixteen years and I haven’t done drugs in twenty plus years. I realized later on that maybe I should have been offended that the question had been asked. Yet, I wasn’t at all! It was a valid question. I was an alcoholic and drug addict for many years.
I wondered why I hadn’t gotten offended. That’s when I had an epiphany. I wasn’t offended because the Lord has truly healed those areas in my life. The Lord showed me that this incident is a great baseline to use for revealing where I might still need healing in my life.
I don’t know about you, but there are still some areas in my life that need healing. Granted a majority of the “big things” that needed healing have already been done by the Lord. There are still some smaller areas that the Lord is continuing to work on with me. I now have a sort of reference point for discovering those areas.
If an area is unhealed, I tend to have a negative emotional reaction when someone questions me. I might get hurt, angry, or frustrated when they ask me about that area. Instead of simply being able to answer their question calmly. In other words, if my buttons can still be pushed God probably wants to do more healing in that area. My job is to recognize that I need healing and then seek it.
As we say at the Glennon House, “Sometimes healing is a process.”
Not everyone is healed or cured instantaneously. God has perfect timing. He knows how much we can handle and when we are ready to handle it. He also helps us to recognize the areas that need the healing He wants to give us. The incident I just experienced is a perfect example of that. He showed me a tool I can use to know when I need to seek Him for more healing. And that my friends is a true gift!