"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." ... Psalm 147:3
A couple weekends ago, Tom and I rewatched our Lord of The Rings dvd's. Yes, again. And the weird thing is that, while closing my eyes during the battle scenes (like always), I recalled how I used to watch Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken ** during my personal Bad Times in Nevada.
And in Nevada I had a lot of personal bad times.
Back then I'd get Naomi off to school, do some housework, then make a snack and put in that (ever-thinning) Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken video. I'd watch everybody and even the horse being brave and I'd feel myself begin to heal from--what? I asked myself this time, here at Hobbit Cottage on the red couch. "What sent me twenty times to that movie and later, others like these here in New York?:"
A Charlie Brown Christmas
Road to Avonlea
The best part? My brain had to s-t-r-a-i-n to remember why I'd park in front of those films and have 'Healing Waiting Room' times. At first, I could only recall my need to.
But then, alas, I remembered: usually I needed comfort because of people's accusing, I-don't-get-you words. Words spoken to me or about Naomi (people don't say bad things about Tom. Everybody loves Tom. heh.) Occasional harsh words also spoken to me by Tom or Naomi, then my own words lashing out to defend myself and spreading more hurt (and guilt) around.
Oh, the power of our words! And oh, the time it can require to heal from the rash, unkind ones.
But thank-goodness God can change things. He not only heals the broken-hearted, but He can make those hearts stouter, more forgiving, stronger. You know, so strengthened by His great love that we stop shattering all over the place. And rejection doesn't sting the same way when we no longer allow people to crawl up on the throne of our heart.
No, when God's up there alone, Life changes. What He thinks and the way He loves us suddenly becomes what we crave and respond to most. And with Him finally taming our tongue, we stay out of lots of problems we previously stepped into like clueless askers-for-trouble.
He becomes our true Healer. And yes, He can use others and even movies, books, songs and outings (etc.) to help the process--but still--the final sealing of all wounds comes from His hand and we know it. When He is truly King. And, in time, we come to desire or need little else in the way of first aid.
** You might want to only read through half of the description of this movie at that link. The last half contains, imo, major what-were-they-thinking? spoilers.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life]. ... Proverbs 18:21
"For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone."
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