I have wounds. I have mental wounds, emotional wounds and spiritual wounds.
It is hard, especially during the Christmas season, to forget these wounds that others have inflicted on me over the years. But, it is the saving grace of my Lord and Savior, King Jesus, that has caused me to extend the hand of forgiveness to those that hate me and despise me for no reason. This has allowed me to experience the healing hand of God in my life in beautiful ways.
~”He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” ~Psalm 147: 3, NIV~
I remember when I went to the hospital one year ago because of suicidal thoughts and other issues that I was dealing with at the time. I met a lady at the hospital, who had many spiritual and mental issues that of which I can relate. One, being that she was very resentful to everyone who she crossed paths with, including me, and I did nothing wrong to this human being, but be kind to her. Two, her attitude changed once she had an encounter with the God that I serve, Jesus Christ, as a result of her meeting me.
The Holy Spirit of God showed me, in that moment, that in order for me to be the healing hand of God, the light of God and the love of Christ in this woman’s life that I needed to put my baggage aside and smile and be kind back to her. This is because being kind is a demonstration of the love of Christ in the lives of His people.
~”Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.”~Ephesians 4:32, ESV~
When this woman stated mean remarks to me as I ate my lunch a few times at the hospital commons area, I responded with kindness. When this woman screamed and shouted at me before I took a shower, I reacted with kind words. When this woman accused me of doing wrong when, in fact, I did nothing to intentionally hurt this woman, I continued to be kind to her.
After these few episodes of witnessing this woman’s unkind words and remarks to me, she eventually apologized to me and told me that I was inspiring to her to empower and help her to be kind, even in the midst of unkindness. This was definitely evidence of the Lord’s working power working to heal this woman’s broken heart and mind, and His Holy Spirit used me to be the healing touch of God in her life when she needed me to be, even though it was not expected in return.
I left the hospital with a fresh perspective on the mentally ill and on how the Holy Spirit of God wants to use me in the days ahead, especially with the release of my book, “A Victory Song: Beneath the Veil,” in February 2022. This book sheds light on my life experiences, as a child of God with bipolar disorder, and talks about the counseling experience that I went through, at my church, to experience healing, help and hope through the counseling ministry at my church.
If you are interested in wanting to learn more about my book, feel free to message me on my Facebook or Instagram accounts @sarahdickensauthor. Thank you kindly everyone for reading this blog post and may it bless your heart, mind and soul. God bless you!