There was a time when I was deeply hurt by someone who I had trusted implicitly. Consequently, I became dreadfully distrusting of just about everyone; anxious and emotionally bankrupt. I was paralyzed by a mind full of confusion, and a broken heart.
As I struggled to move beyond the hurt, I sought frantically for hope. I told God that I wished I could touch Him – be held by Him. I prayed in desperation asking for something concrete to hold onto, and God whispered this response, “Hold onto my Word”.
At that point I began to physically carry my Bible with me wherever I went. I brought it along to the grocery store, restaurants, my workplace… wherever I took my feet, I took my Bible. I poured through it at every opportunity, no matter where I was, and I absorbed the words like a thirsty sponge.
As a result, I became drenched full of God’s truths and promises, and it wasn’t long before my dammed up feelings of hurt and anxiety gushed free. The Lord had made Himself so tangible and undeniably present through the pages of His book, that He satisfied my need for contact. There was no doubt that I had been touched by the living God.
Twenty years later He still resides in my heart as an abiding life-force, reminding me that He is with me and I am never alone. Through His Word He has not only healed the trauma of my past, but He has strengthened and empowered me to face an undefined tomorrow.
Though heartbreak could strike again, I am ready, for I now know that my God is near; through the loving embrace of His Word, He has given me something to hold onto.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 MSG Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.
Orig Posted by Donna M Dougherty at 10/17/2008 11:19 PM