PS 147:3 "He heals the broken-hearted and binds up their sorrows. "
I was writing on my other blog this morning and I quoted this verse and the application is so fitting for divorced dads. (And moms) The psalmist tells us that God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their sorrows. The visual image is applying bandages to wounds. The gem that jumped out at me in reading this today is that nowhere in the verse does God tell us He only heals our broken heart or bind up our wounds if someone else did it to us. Many times, our wounded heart is the result of someone else's actions toward us, and other times it's because of actions we took. Sometimes too, it's a combination of both...like divorce. It's almost never just one person's fault. But God doesn't differentiate between the two. He simply says he heals our broken heart and binds up our wounds. Period. I am learning that most of the time, our sin is punishment enough. The consequences of our actions are more than we can bear most of the time...God doesn't need to add anything to that pain. Occasionally we are stubborn or we blame someone else and don't take responsibility for what we've done and He has to add some punishment to get us to understand. But for the most part, the shame, hurt, pain, wounds, and long term consequences are so heavy that He needs to give us mercies that are new each morning. Probably because we use up our supply every day. (It was figurative when He described His mercy that way...and I do know this)
Yesterday was difficult for me. It always is when I have Morgan for the weekend and she has to go home on Sunday night. The house just screams of emptiness. This is a result of our divorce and the divorce was the result of two people who sinned against each other. But God doesn't hold that against me nor does He measure out His mercies based on what I have done. He only sees my wounded heart and He only has healing in mind. That is a result of His unfailing love. He heals the brokenhearted...no matter how they got that way.