I’ve been forthright about my teen/college years in that I was one heck of a rebellious, prodigal daughter.  I’m thankful I lived to tell about it.  Several years ago, I was hurt by a group of good people.  I’m thankful I made it through that as well.  What I want to share is what I learned from those: pain and healing are not always on the same schedules.  It took eleven years to screw up my teen/college years, but it took two decades to work through the consequences of them.  It took a few months for that group of people to hurt me and fracture my marriage, but it took eight years to heal from it.  Whether we cause the pain to ourselves or the pain is inflicted by others, days of healing are not always proportionate to the days of pain.  Sometimes, the healing can take longer.  Sometimes, the healing will be never-ending.  My point? Be patient.  Don’t trust the clock, trust the Time Keeper.  The bible says in Romans 8:28, “we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”  Here, God doesn’t promise a time frame. He promises He’ll work it out for your good. He WILL nurse, tend-to and triage the residual aches, scars, side-effects, fears, hesitations, anger, depression, grief, regret and consequence. We must never think God was absent in the pain–but we must never think He will forget about us in the healing. God is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. He was withe me in my pains of yesterday, and He is with me in the today’s and tomorrow’s of my healing.  I can’t control time, but when I trust the One who does, I don’t have to. I hope this encourages someone today. <3
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