Why do you persist in rebellion?
Your whole head is injured,
your whole heart afflicted.
from the sole of your foot to the top of your head
there is no soundness —
only wounds and welts and open sores,
not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil. -isaiah 1:5-6
When we talk there are slight hints, but i miss them. Later i stumble upon things as they actually are. And my heart breaks for the child who is broken and hurting and there is no one who will acknowledge that something is wrong. And i think about the legacy of pretending and the damage it causes.
i was given this legacy too
We had talked about how important it is to be personally journeying towards wholeness. And the “I know, so right!” came with the unspoken denial…”so right for you….I’m doing fine, we’re all doing fine.”
i’m calling it the lie that it is.
Alcoholic families do this pretending thing well.
and abusive ones too.
and then there are the upstanding moral going to church families.
i’ve seen some masterful pretending there too-equally damaging.
As He approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it and said, “if you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace….How often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing! Look, your house is left to you desolate.” -Jesus
It doesn’t have to be this way.
i learned a long time ago that honesty precedes repentance which precedes love.
And so its not a far leap to see that pretending is not loving-its selfish-and peace crushing.
And lest i get comfortable with the finger-pointing.
i see the pretending in the above situation. i see the hurting child. Will i love? Will i expose? i have been praying over this ever since. How can we come alongside? It’s been years of seeing truth spoken into the lives of the grownups-and the patterns remain. Is there any hope of freedom? Is it too late for the child? Will anyone be willing to be gathered under the wings of the Only One who carries with Him the salve needed?
i don’t know. Once again, i’m “driven to my knees in prayer by the overwhelming conviction that I have nowhere else to go.”
…on the Sabbath day He went into the Synagogue, as was His custom. And He stood up to read. The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him. Unrolling it, He found the place where it is written:
“The Spirit of the Sovereign LORD is on me,
because the LORD has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the Year of the LORD’s favor.”
Then He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down…..and He said to them,
“Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” – Luke 4:16-21
This is why He came;
…to comfort all who mourn….to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. -continuation of isaiah 61
Why is it so hard to face our sickness? Pretending that the infection isn’t really growing on a wounded soldier’s leg is stupid and may cause the loss of the entire leg.
Let’s not be stupid.
Let’s be healed