I recently suffered what I considered a great injustice. My heart hurt and the emotional pain seemed to cast a shadow over my entire being. I felt numb and confused as to why the situation was causing me so much pain.
During a recent morning walk, I cried out to God as David did, “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me?” (Psalm 43:5 ESV). I asked God to reveal the source of my pain and show me how to deal with it.
As I prayed, I felt the Lord say to me, “Your heart is wounded.” He said it with such kindness, but I knew that wasn’t the end of it. I needed to get beneath the woundedness to discover how to be healed.
Later that day, I searched online for the topic and found a blog post titled, Woundedness from the blog Crossroad Junction. I knew it was my word from God! I encourage you to read the entire blog post, but in summary it says:
“What [God] really wants is to move us past woundedness into brokenness–that low place where we are willing to surrender to Him . . . . Woundedness is hurt and self, while brokenness is surrender and God’s will. The main thing that separates woundedness and brokenness is pride.
We all have areas of woundedness in our life, and “sometimes we wrap our woundedness around us like a cloak. It becomes our old familiar friend and part of our self-sustaining identity,” says the author of the blog.
We can’t afford to let this happen. As soon as we experience woundedness in our life, we must allow God to move us into brokenness so that we might be totally healed.
Brokenness is the place we must go to let go of pride, to forgive, to move on.