Healed Enough

Mark Rackley asked if we made our way where the forest fires were a couple years ago. We haven’t gone to Gatlinburg this vacation but did stay there last year. Here is a repost of my observations of the fires and the reconstruction from last year.

20180609_144656-1.jpgLast week my family and I had the pleasure vacationing in Gatlinburg, TN. If you’re from the United States, you most likely heard of the tremendous wildfires that ripped through the Smokey Mountain areas in November of 2016.

Everywhere around us you could see the skeletons of trees dotted along the ridgeline of the mountains. It was visible just how close the fires got to the town.

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Lives were lost, businesses destroyed, house and cabins disintegrated into piles of ashes.

As we got in the car each day and drove along the busy streets, my eyes were on the mountains and the numerous, earth moving machines sitting along the way.

 

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The shell of a hotel

20180615_114110.jpgMany times my husband would say, “It wasn’t a good thing for the people and businesses, but fires in forests are good. They kill out the overgrown, weedy areas and make way for new growth on the forest floor.” I didn’t see the new growth as I was so far away. I could only see what the fire had destroyed. I could see the charred black trees standing tall and ominous.

 

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Areal view of aftermath of fires that devastated Westgate Resort 2016
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Westgate Resort rebuilding their main lobby check-in area 2018

It reminded me of the goldsmith and his duty to purify gold and the process it takes. When I looked at the rebuilding the business were undergoing, I could see healing taking place.

All of this destruction and reconstruction got me thinking about my own journey; the fires caused by others and the fires caused by own actions. These experiences, if you will, stunted my maturity. I look back and see a child trapped in an adult body with no clue. Where other women alongside of me were growing and maturing, I was just there hanging, wondering where I fit in.

Jesus cleaned me up inside starting back in 2009. He got a hold of me and started a fire of His own in me; a healing work. Like how fire clears out the forest floor, He burnt out as much weeds and overgrown notions as possible, allowing new growth to come about in me. But if you look you’ll still see the trees of consequences, blackened and singed, in my life.

Julie Peters wrote a comment on one of my posts other day stating that God healed her enough….got me thinking. I questioned her on it; her reply was that if God were to heal her completely, she probably wouldn’t need Him as much and go about her merry way.

I am healed enough. You are healed enough. The very fact that God saved you and brought you into communion with Him is healing enough.

There will always be residual traces of past pains, hurts, let-downs and disappointments. There will be times of great triumphs; there will times of low defeats, but one thing rings true, He is with us determining our fate and how much healing is enough.

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Driving down ski mountain road in Gaitlinburg…area hit hard with the fires…but so beautiful today!

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Hills and Valleys Lyrics

I’ve walked among the shadows
You wiped my tears away
And I’ve felt the pain of heartbreak
And I’ve seen the brighter days
And I’ve prayed prayers to heaven from my lowest place
And I have held Your blessings
God You give and take away
No matter what I have, Your grace is enough
No matter where I am, I’m standing in Your love

(chorus)
On the mountains I will bow my life to the One who set me there
In the valley I will lift my eyes to the One who sees me there
When I’m standing on the mountain I didn’t get there on my own
When I’m walking through the valley I know I am not alone
You’re God of the hills and valleys, hills and valleys
God of the hills and valleys
And I am not alone

I’ve watched my dreams get broken
In You I hope again
No matter what
I know I’m safe inside Your hands

Father, you give and take away
Every retry and every pain
And with all you will remain
All for it all!

Read more: Tauren Wells – Hills And Valleys Lyrics | MetroLyrics

18 Replies to “Healed Enough”

  1. I love your analogy. And it’s true about the forest fires. Some are even set on purpose just to thin things out and create new life. Some seeds will not sprout with out the extreme heat. (which is another analogy that could be used somewhere)

    Healed just enough…love that phrase.

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  2. I’m holding back tears, Amy. This one hit home for me. Because I’m asking myself if I’ve gotten over all the things that happened to me when I was much younger and I really don’t know the answer, but i know that God is working on me, and what He is doing will be enough… He is enough. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Welcome tosin. I wrote this a year ago and I can honestly say that I have healed much more since. He’s always working. He always has plans for our future. But he asks we be content in the now as much as we can so we are pliable and moldable!

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  3. Beautiful. Yes, we need to be healed just enough. I was reading in Proverbs just this morning, “give me neither power nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God.” (Proverbs 30:8-9)

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