Rev. Karen Chraska shares her thoughts on God's restoration. God heals brokenness. Come celebrate the ultimate restoration with us this week for Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter. May all who feel broken be healed!
I am extremely fortunate that I have enjoyed good health throughout my life. The things that have caused me physical pain make me so grateful that typically I live in comfort.
Just this week I had a root canal. Ugh. Unfortunately, not my first one. On Saturday I felt fine, and then on Monday I didn’t. An infection at the root of my tooth made my cheek puffy and sore. The accompanying headache was not fun. A quick trip to the dentist confirmed I needed to see an endodontist. The endodontist was able to clean out the infection and fix the bad root. Now after a few days of an antibiotic, I feel as good as new.
Not give you a laundry list of my injuries, but I’ve broken my collar bone, my arm, and my little toe. All healed beautifully and were restored thanks to good medical treatment.
My spiritual life has been similar. One day I feel capable confident and believe I am fulfilling God’s will for me then next day not so much. I have had challenges that have put my faith to the test and caused a lot of pain. As I write this I am reminded of the old hymn, “There is a Balm in Gilead.” Gilead was a mountain region east of the Jordan River. The phrase is reference from the Old Testament but refers to the New Testament that salvation and healing comes through Jesus Christ.
“There is a balm in Gilead, to make the wounded whole. There is a balm in Gilead, to heal the sin-sick soul. Sometimes I feel discouraged and deep I feel the pain. In prayers the Holy Spirit revives my soul again.”
To get healing from my toothache, I needed an endodontist. To get healing from pain and trouble I experience in the world, I need the Great Physician, Jesus Christ. When I humble myself and ask God to be a part of the good, the bad, and the ugly in my life I experience restoration and healing. I can’t do it alone. The one who knows me best loves me most, and God is in the restoration business.