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    Healing: Here Comes the Sun

    Please know that it is God’s desire for you to experience healing.

    Whether your trials are physical, emotional, or spiritual, you are not alone. God is with you. Charles Swindoll, in Hope Again, says something that really hits home: “No matter how dark the clouds, the sun will eventually pierce the darkness and dispel it; no matter how heavy the rain, the sun will ultimately prevail to hang a rainbow in the sky.”

    Living in the Pacific Northwest, I have seen incredible rainbows. Double bows of vibrant, sky-arching color bursting forth at the merest hint of sun after a violent rain. I see them, and I smile, for I believe in their promise. I believe in their confirmation of a loving God who announces the sun after the rain with such celebration! Do you know that God wants you to experience the same celebration of healing in your life? The same touch of the sun after the rain? From the dreariness and darkness of your pain, God wants to send forth his rainbow of healing and bring you joy so you can be a witness to the world of his love and power.

    For those wearied by the burden of suffering, listen to these promises:

    Psalm 30:5: “Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.”

    God in no way seeks to minimize your pain. He recognizes that in this world there will be weeping. It is his desire, however, to hedge that pain within a specific time frame and follow it with joy. Depending upon the source of your pain, your healing journey may be longer or shorter than another healing journey. But please know that God has joy for you at the end. Please, keep going. Please, keep moving toward healing!

    Your destination awaits; it is not in doubt if you only will keep moving forward.

    Proverbs 23:18: “Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.”

    In the midst of pain, it can feel as if your hope has been cut off. You’re so sure you’ll never feel anything like joy again. This is not true as this verse clearly states. There is not merely a future hope for you, there is surely a future hope for you! God has promised that he will not allow that hope to be cut off. And who is more powerful than God?

    Once promised to you, who can take your hope away from you? No one but yourself by failing to claim it.

    Job 11:17-18: “Your life will be brighter than the noonday; its darkness will be like the morning. And you will have confidence, because there is hope; you will be protected and take your rest in safety.” Because there is hope, your future is secure. Even Job, the example of ultimate suffering, could say these words. If he can, so can you.

    SOURCE: Chapter 8: “Vision,” God Can Help You Heal by Gregory L. Jantz, PhD., founder of The Center for Counseling and Health Resources Inc.

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