Wounded – Why in the same Place?
by T. L Wiens
This past week, my daughter and I took on the task of building a doghouse. As with most such projects, there were cuts and slivers in my hands from the wood. One particular nick on the tip of my index finger made itself known with each step of the building process.
Then we had to put aside our building project to work on a fence for the horses. We keep them in small pastures, moving the electric fence every two weeks or so. It was fence-moving day. As I pulled and tugged trying to get the fence into place, a small piece of wire broke lodging itself in my previous wound on my index finger. It hurt.
“Why in the exact same place?” I asked as I shook the pain away.
It wasn’t a prayer but it filled my head with verses from the Bible and questions. Why did Job go through what he went through? Paul was shipwrecked and bitten by a snake. Jesus was beaten and crucified. So many of the faithful faced multiple challenges.
As I pulled out the splinter, things looked different. Maybe when life gets complicated and hard, it’s a sign that God has entrusted us with being faithful to Him. So, even though right now life in my home is complicated with far bigger issues than splinters and cuts, I’m going to trust God and praise Him.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth.
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8: 31-39KJV).
- What Do I Do When I See a Snake? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
- Money Matters: Contentment (ptl2010.com)
- Be Crucified with Christ (loopyloo305.com)
- Can We Rest in God’s Arms? (underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com)
Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.
She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.
I think there are many things God wants from us. Trust, relationship, desire to serve Him to name a few. I can’t imagine facing the trials of life without the Father’s love.
He wants our trust more than anything. Our wounds, big or small, remind us of our need to lean on our loving Father. Yes?