Healing Lepers

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When the Lord rescued me from the entanglement of sin, I was pretty messed up. Still today, it is hard for me to believe that I have been given the life that I live. Each day is a new opportunity for me to draw close to my Lord. Every moment I am given, I am able to learn to enjoy all that He has blessed me with. But my life was not always like this.

Nor was my disposition.

Before God delivered me from the chains of insanity that was my life, most people considered me unredeemable. I was so heavily weighted down by guilt and shame, that I was pretty certain “most people” were right. I had run so far, and for so long, from my Savior, that I had given up on ever finding my way back. Even if I could find my way, I was more than certain He no longer wanted me. So I stayed far away from God. I stayed far away from anyone who seemed to know, or look, like Him.

Like the lepers of the ancient near east, I imagined myself an outcast. The woman that I saw in the mirror, repulsed me, and so I assumed that what others saw of me repulsed them, as well. I felt rejected by society, and so, in turn, I rejected society and societal norms. Standing on the outskirts of civilization, my actions, words and appearance intentionally cried out “Unclean! Unclean!”.

And no one knew better than I how my words rang true.

For years I wore so many masks that I eventually lost track of who I really was. I was the fun party girl that everyone loved, yet inside I was the tortured introvert that no one truly knew. I detested what was inside me, so I never allowed anyone the chance to get to know me.

I was surrounded by friends, and yet desperate for love and acceptance.

Sometimes, I still struggle with feeling accepted. 

I continue to be a work in progress.

My sin destroyed relationships and hurt others, but it was most damaging to myself. Yet the circular nature of the devastating effect of sin, only led to further sin in order to avoid the shame of the previous sin, and on, and on, until I was buried by destructive and selfish choices.

I felt lost in darkness so thick that I believed I could never be free.

My mother prayed for me. My grandmother prayed for me. Everyone prayed for me. I was in my late 20’s when I finally stopped running from God.

Itwittericon was a mess when God found me.

And then, in the wholly magnificent way that God does, He saved me, delivered me, cleansed me, and sent me on my way.

It has been over a decade since the Lord changed my life, and the process of change has not always been easy. One task that proved most challenging was learning to see myself as God sees me: loved, precious, and accepted. And, because I could not see God, I sought that love and acceptance from the next closet thing – His church.

Unfortunately, we as the Body of Christ, can be hard on believers such as myself, who were once sinners of the Mary Magdalene variety. Often, we would like them to be assimilated into a uniform example of godliness, without the history of having been delivered from seven demons.

The problem with this plan, however, is that hurting people need to know that God can heal the hurting.

Broken people need to hear that God mends the broken.

Damaged people need to believe that healed people have scars.

Therefore, hiding our scars due to prideful, fearful, or self-centered reasons not only shadows the glory of God manifested in our lives, it can also hinder the work of God through our lives.

Dear friend, if you are reading this today, please allow me to share this with you today:

twittericonMy scars have scars.

And my scars are massive. Many of them run deep. Some of them are downright grotesque, and a few are still healing.

And though I was once revolting in my own eyes, I am now marvelous in God’s eyes. Not because I am good, or righteous. I am far from it.

But, I am a magnificent work of art, masterfully crafted to reflect His love, mercy, and power to a world full of hurting and lonely people.

There have been times that I felt life would be easier if I fit the mold that appears to be the Christian norm. But, that mold would not fulfill God’s purpose for me.

twittericonGod has plans for me and my scars.

I desire that my life might be a living sacrifice, and He desires to use it as a living testimony. And while my pre-Christ story resembles that of Mary Magdalene, my post-Christ praise aligns with the accounts of Mary of Bethany. Because He has loved me fully, I desire to sit as His feet soaking in everything He will share. Because I am so indebted to His grace, I long to anoint his feet with oil, wash them lovingly with hands, and dry them with my hair. For when you have been forgiven and healed of all that I have, you cannot help but adore the One who saved You.

The one who has been forgiven much, loves much.

My sin was damaging, and my choices deforming, but my God is powerful, patient, forgiving, and true. He found me, saved me, healed me, strengthened me, and gave me new life. And what He did for me, He can do for you.

Or your spouse.

Or child.

Or sibling.

Or parent.

Or relative-in-general.

Or friend.

Or enemy.

If you, or someone in your life, desperately needs to be rescued by Christ, count this as truth:

He is more than trustworthy.

I encourage you to cry out to Him from where you are. Pray for repentance and deliverance, for yourself, and intercede regularly for others. Then, choose to walk in faith.

Our God is still healing lepers.

He specializes in calling forth the impossible.

He brings new life from the darkness.

He is the faithful hope for your hurt.

And He is the Restorer of the lost.

 

For further study:  Luke 17:11-19 (ESV)

For prayer on this topic, see today’s Daily Hope & a Prayer.

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Comments

  1. Letitia,
    This is absolutely beautiful…thank you so much for sharing your story of redemption. It gives me hope as I continue to wait and pray for my prodigal son. He is very sour on the church, but I know that Jesus still pursues him and my prayer is that Jesus will soften my son’s hardened heart. Thank you for the reminder that God is in he business of doing the impossible…that He still heals lepers and more…
    Blessings to you,
    Bev
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    • Bev, Thank you so much for visiting with me today. And be encouraged! God has the most amazing way of restoring that which we feared we might have lost the moment we when we least expect it – and usually not long after we fully turn over to Him. God bless you and I pray that God would continue to strengthen you, and fill you with joy, love and peace as you await for your son’s return.
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  2. This is amazing! I have been struggling with the attitudes around me of hopelessness towards people, churches, and entire religions. Your story speaks to a Heavenly Hope beyond all understanding. Thank you!

    • Kaylie, I love those words “A Heavenly Hope beyond all understanding”! That is a perfect description for why we press and in Whom we trust. Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting! Blessings to you! Letetia
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  3. What a wonderful message of hope and love. God doesn’t look at us like we look at ourselves – thank the Lord !!! and He is able to redeem everything we give to Him. Thanks so much for sharing !!
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  4. So grateful He still heals our scars! May you have a blessed Sunday!
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  5. “He specializes in calling forth the impossible”.

    Thanks so much for this incredible reminder today! It blessed me so.
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  6. Praise God that He takes us just as we are, but loves us too much to leave us that way! This beautiful post truly speaks to my heart. With Him, all things are possible. Linked up with you at Living Proverbs 31 — hope you’ll stop by Saved by Grace for a visit!
    God bless,
    Laurie
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  7. Great to meet you. Found you from Proverbs Women. Love stories of redemption – finding and accepting Christ. Another Sister in Christ. Hallelujah!
    Blessings,
    Janis
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  8. I am so happy you stopped listening to those people and concentrated on Our Lord! I am often shocked at the comments people, who say they have good intentions, often speak! We attend a church that tells us each time we attend, “We are a front porch for prodigals”. We all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God but His good news, His abundant grace, and His loving outstretched arms loves each one of us, no matter what. Thank you for sharing this today, I came over from Spiritual Sunday. I am glad I am here. Blessings, Anne
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    • I am so happy that I did not listen to others as well! My life was empty and nothing, and than I met Christ and He became everything – and more. Your church sounds amazing! Thank you for stopping by and visiting! Blessings!
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  9. What a beautiful, encouraging, and uplifting post!

    Our God is so good and He is ALWAYS lifting us up and encouraging us in His demonstration of love for us and those around us.

    Thanks for sharing (and for linking up to the #SHINEbloghop.

    Wishing you a lovely day.
    xoxo
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  10. Beautiful post! I think one of the things I love most about God is how He can bring good out of even the worst of circumstances. Thank you for this beautiful message of hope and healing through our Savior, Jesus Christ!

    Hugs!
    Sarah
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  11. It’s beautiful how God spared your life and saved you. This is a beautiful story, thank you for sharing it!
    ~Haley
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  12. I love your transparency here, Letitia – the very best way to testify of a God who still heals lepers is by confessing your identity as a former leper who’s been made whole. He’s honored and glorified by your faithfulness! Thank you for linking up at Grace & Truth!
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  13. This is such an encouraging post, thank you so much for taking the time to share it at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings
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  14. This is beautiful encouragement Leteticia. I think sometimes we have the scars to remind us of our need for a Savior… and also to help those who don’t realize it yet. Thank you for sharing this on the Art of Home-Making Mondays this week.