March 7, 2016
“If Nature has made you a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is full, and you can give things out of that.” Frances Hodgson Burnett
On healing – Although we’ve had a very mild winter this year, it seems like cold and flu season is in full force right now. So many people in my circle have been suffering from the sniffles, coughs, and the general “blahs” that go along with it. When I think of all the medications that promise fast relief, it makes me think of how, if given the opportunity, the human body is well equipped to bring about physical healing on its own. To take that marvelous ability even deeper, I can’t help but think of how amazing God has provided for healing of the heart…and the way it, in turn illuminates our very souls.
Thankfully, I have not succumbed to the cold germs floating around in the air, but I’ve become well acquainted with ailments of the heart, and I’ve discovered that the remedy for those types of maladies cannot be bought. For me, that kind of healing begins, not when I take something to remove the discomfort of pain, rather, it happens when I give something…then I receive the healing I need.
It is so easy to get caught up with ourselves, trying to filler fix the areas of our lives that are empty or hurting. Like taking medications for fast relief of our physical discomforts, we so often try desperately to satisfy what it is that we lack deep down inside. It is not an easy task…and how we go about gratifying ourselves sometimes has the opposite effect. It seems to me that the solution is more fully attained when we forget about what we lack and focus on what we have. For it is then that we realize that what is missing from our lives doesn’t matter as much as what we have to offer to others. Then we find that we do not lack anything at all…but we have everything…to give.
The healing power of giving has certainly been demonstrated in my own life. It is true; when I concern myself with giving what I have to others, and there are so many ways that I have been blessed to do so, not only has healing happened at my heart level…it spills over into every aspect of my world. For is there really anything that we possess that is worth having if we don’t share it with those around us?
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Peace and love,