My Healing Balm


While experiencing a low time in my life, I was unusually sensitive. In that valley, it seemed like my feelings were being hurt daily. I was like an open wound and everyone around me was salt.

Dissatisfaction defined my life. My adult children had moved away. My spiritual walk had gotten sluggish, my days felt mundane, I worried about finances, and I missed my kids like crazy.

"Oh God, please help me," I prayed. "Everything is hurting my feelings. I’m emotionally raw. Please, won’t You be my bandage and cover my hurts?"
In His warm loving way, the Lord’s response came in a certain feeling in my heart, just short of a whisper in my ear. "No. But I will be your Healing Balm."

There was no mistaking His voice. I dropped my head and cried. This time, I didn’t cry tears of sadness. They were tears of comfort, feeling the complete understanding of my Creator.

He didn’t want to cover up my wounds; He wanted to heal me completely. I realized that I was trying to manage things myself, in my own strength.

As James said in James 4, I needed to submit myself completely to God. "Come near to God and he will come near to you."

When I gave my feelings, hurts, and problems over to Jesus, He healed my heart and made me new again. It was an excellent reminder to trust my life and my future to Him.

I must remember Proverbs 3:5-6. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."

When I try to stay in control, I’m not trusting God with all the circumstances of my life. I’ve learned that God will protect me from many things and be with me through anything. Knowing that He is with me, gives me strength to face the valleys in life.

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