My family and I just returned from summer vacation at the beach. It’s a joyful time for me because I love family and I love the beach! Each morning I treasure time on the porch with coffee, the sound of waves crashing and a bit of God’s word. Bliss!

One morning while walking the shore I noticed a crunching sound. Beneath my feet as I walked over tiny broken shells I could hear them breaking more. My eyes noticed other people were stooped down looking for treasure in the broken pieces. Carefully they ran their hands over the piles of shells washed up on the shore.

My heart knew.

My heart sank.

Jodie, there are times you’ve walked right by the broken.

Times you’ve crushed them more.

Oh God. Give me Jesus vision. Give me your heart.

Compassion.

Kindness.

Humility.

Gentleness.

Patience.

“So, as those who have been chosen of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience” Col. 3:12

In Suzanne Eller’s book, The Mended Heart, I’m often left wondering how the Lord sees the broken and how He wants me to look through His eyes. As I lead a bible study discussing each chapter of Suzanne’s book I am looking for “mending” in my own heart and I’m remembering many who have been compassionate, kind and gentle with me when I was going through a time of healing. And, yes, I remember those who have walked over me, breaking my heart a little more. And YES, on this morning, hearing the shells under my feet, God revealed my own times of walking over others.

My heart knew.

My heart sank.

My heart cried.

I stopped to bend down and open a shell and to write in the sand. I was writing a simple prayer: Jesus Heals.

jesus heals

He heals me. He heals you. He came to heal the brokenhearted.

I’ve always wondered what Jesus might have written in the dirt that day He bent down. Today I felt like it was simple...Jesus heals.

As I wrote the words in the sand it felt like a prayer for me and you.

I opened the shell I used to write with and it unfolded into the shape of a heart. (God’s so cool!) I almost missed the new life inside. A tiny red dot. A starfish hiding inside the broken shell.

I see you Lord! Our shelter. Our refuge. Our restoration.new life

One of the things I’ve learned in studying The Mended Heart is that yes, Jesus Heals. His healing is present for all. And often He wants to use someone, like me, like you, to walk alongside another while they walk through the mending process with Him.

He’s compassionate. He’s Kind. He’s humble. He’s gentle. He’s patient.

Jesus. The great healer, for you and me!

Jodie

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.” Hebrews 4:15-16