Day 27, 28, 29, 30 & 31 of 31 Days of Happy
It's hard to believe that October is almost done, along with 31 Days of Happy. Maybe I'll spend the month of November posting on all the things that do not make me happy. HA. Kidding, only kidding.
It's a little tempting though.
Back to happy...
One of the major things that has been on my happy list this month is the Bible study that our ladies are doing.
This is our third Beth Moore study. They're all amazingly good...but this one...extra extra good.
I keep going back through it to re-read what I've underlined, to rehearse what I've learned again and again. (we're only on week 4 of 10)
There's something Beth Moore says, in particular, that I just can't get out of my head.
"Without God's intervention, we can offer only a small bandage to someone hemorrhaging from uncontrolled emotions. We may bring calm for a moment, but our efforts will have little lasting effect."
It's a word picture that I can't get out of my head. It's so very, very true.
Maybe it's because I'm in ministry...or maybe it's just because I'm an average person like everyone else, but so many around me are very literally hemorrhaging with problems. With issues. With emotions. With life.
Can you picture someone hemorrhaging? I've heard stories. It's not pretty. It's not a slow bleed. It's fast, and furious, and messy. If not stopped quickly, it means death. The doctor doesn't have a patient hemorrhage, and decide the best course of action is a band-aid.
My words may be able to calm...for a moment. Which is good. But they do not fix the problem. They are not meant to fix the problem.
Only God's intervention brings healing. He's the only thing strong enough to stop a hemorrhage. So many times we want someone to give us the answer. Give us the 5 step plan, or better yet 3 steps...shorter is always better, right? And when the person we go to, lets us down or doesn't have an answer, or can't even help, we lose hope or worse yet...give up. We continue to hemorrhage.
Only God brings the healing. And before the healing can start, He has to stop the hemorrhage. The way He chooses to stop it, well...that's up to Him. What's up to us, is whether we will let Him or not.
In my experience, there's a vast number of people that would rather die hemorrhaging than surrender and let Him intervene.
And I don't get it. I just don't.
But that little quote of hers...it's gotten to me. And God's using it to remind me of who I am...which is just someone He uses to send encouragement and truth. And who He is...which is the Healer. He is a great-big God.