I sometimes fear that Christians tend to sell the gospel to people in a way which suggests ‘Once you decide to follow Jesus, everything in your life will be better’.
In my experience, becoming a Christian isn’t a magic fix for all life’s problems.
It’s not a simple ‘close your eyes and make a wish’ situation.
God isn’t a magic genie.
(You probably think this is going in a super pessimistic direction, please bear with me.)
But Ella, Why are you making it sound like He doesn’t fix us, I thought Christianity was about ‘good’ news?
Well, it is about good news. It’s about the BEST news! But that news isn’t that God can press a button and undo all past anxieties and difficulties, and it certainly doesn’t mean you won’t face any in the future.
Please don’t think I’m limiting what God can do, I believe He miraculously transforms hearts and situations. But perhaps things from your past are still causing you issues, even years down the line and you’re wondering, when is my heart going to be healed?
Perhaps you’ve recently become a Christian and you’re wondering why everything isn’t perfect yet.
Maybe you’ve been on a walk with Christ for years, even your whole life, and you’re wondering why after all that time serving and loving Him, there are still areas of your life that aren’t how you’d like them to be.
I don’t believe God clicks His fingers and a broken heart is healed. I’ve experienced God’s work in this area but it’s been a process rather than an over-night change.
Over 4 years ago I went through a pretty traumatic time and and those old feelings of unworthiness and loneliness do resurface very occasionally. God has healed my heart over the years but it didn’t take one day, and it certainly doesn’t mean cracks don’t appears sometimes.
When those cracks appear and I feel like I’m falling back into old feelings and negative thought-patterns, I know I can cast them on Him. It’s nothing that a little supernatural poll filler can’t fix. So when hurtful memories do arise, I don’t push them aside, I give them to God and work through it with Him.
Whereas before those horrible feelings consumed me, now they can’t get a hold of me because I’m fighting from His victory, rather than my own strength.
What I’m trying to say is this: Hurts of the past might still affect you, and that’s ok. It doesn’t mean you’re weak, or don’t have enough faith. God can deal with your brokenness and it’s OK if you haven’t fully recovered from a situation, even if it was years ago.
He can heal. He can restore.
But it’s a process.
It takes intimacy and time spent in His presence.
‘In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
He never promises stress-free, sadness-free life but He does remind us that He’s already won, and when we put our trust in Him, we then live from that place of victory.
If you’re reading this and are frustrated because cruel words from others, disappointments or losses are still stirring up difficult feelings, even after months or years of prayer, I want to encourage you that He hasn’t forgotten about you. He will never forsake you. Please keep going to the Father’s feet in prayer and let Him transform your heart daily.
I hope you’re encouraged. Please let me know how I can pray for you,