Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy. Psalm 126:5 (NKJV)
I have to say, my kids, ages 6 and 3, did great following the rules of where they were allowed to use it and kept it safely in the case for a couple of weeks without incident. Then we had a couple of minor incidents and I should have taken the hint and moved it along.
Then I found a big, big mess. Somehow it was separated into six large pieces and found our favorite big cozy blanket as comfy as we do. This queen sized fleece blanket joined our family last fall and the four of us enjoy cuddling under it while watching movies. It is also the blanket of choice when someone is sick.
I was less than thrilled to see the mess and determined to remove it at all costs. After attempts to remove the putty with larger pieces of putty failed miserably, I hit the Internet. I was sure there have been many Silly Putty victims before me and I was right. I will spare you the details, but let you know that it was a multi-step process and required a lot of time and patience. But it worked!
It occurred to me that emotional healing and/or spiritual growth (sometimes it is both) are multi-step processes that require time and patience. I cannot clean my own mess or remove the deep wounds of my heart in my own strength. Instead I must partner with the work God is doing, no matter how painful or complicated the process. He is always good and loves us more than we can imagine.
There is hope if you are in a painful season right now. It is a season. It will not last forever.
I have found healing from depression (three separate times) through a multifaceted approach (including medicine). I am living proof that, by God’s grace, you can come through dark times stronger and healthier.
Lord, we lift up all who are in a dark place right now. Please give them hope and assurance of your Presence with them. May Your Holy Spirit bring comfort and wholeness as only You can, through medicine or however You choose to work in each situation. Thank you for Your faithfulness and the promise to never leave or forsake us. We trust Your Word and not our feelings. Meet us in the Name of Jesus we pray. Amen.