I wonder sometimes why we are still surprised when God does a great work in our lives. We know He is capable of anything at any time. Always. But still, we are surprised.
I read the newly released book, Surprised By the Healer and was amazed that the nine, amazingly courageous women who shared their stories were healed. Of course God can heal. He is Jehovah Rapha. But that these women allowed Him too? Oh my goodness.
My life has been fairly straight up. I mean, yes….the parents divorced…twice (that’s another blog for another day, right Mom? :-))) and there were issues along my journey in life but what these women went through you’d think I grew up at Disney World!
There was heartache that was unimaginable. Pain and suffering that were unheard of. Parents harming their children. People taking advantage. Wrong choices made. Over and over and over.
Yet….hope was found. Redemption won. Forgiveness granted. Sin cast aside. Renewal was fresh and wondrous. These 9 women and the authors, Linda Dillow and Julie Slattery have shown me that my story isn’t who I am. The things in my past that I wish I could change are no longer present in God’s eyes. (thankful for His grace and forgiveness) Hope can be found again, even when you think it’s useless.
God is good. Redemption is sweet. This book? A must read for anyone with a broken story. Or for anyone who needs a softer heart towards those with brokenness. This book…..read and revel in the Healer, Jehovah Rapha!