Isaiah 58:9-11
Then you shall call, and the Lord will answer;
You shall cry for help, and he will say, “Here I am.”
If you remove the yoke from among you, the pointing of the finger, the speaking of evil,
If you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.
The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places,
and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden,
like a spring of water whose waters never fail.

The Burden of our Wounds
In Formational Prayer, we learn that our dysfunctional behaviors separate us from God. We are all wounded in one way or another. As children, we may have been neglected, never told we were loved, constantly criticized, somehow given a message, even if inadvertently, that we couldn’t understand so it was filed away in our brain as an image – a hurtful image that was never dealt with. As we grew, the image stayed with us and created a wound. Unable to process the image, and possibly not even aware it was there, we developed dysfunctional behaviors to deal with “it.” As we matured, these dysfunctional behaviors may have become more pronounced, more noticeable. What you once mistook for “normal,” you may now realize was just your way to cope with the hurt that was buried deep inside.

Without ever addressing these wounds and dysfunctional behaviors, we are robbing ourselves of the person God created us to be. Every wound equates to darkness within us which means there is less room for God’s light. I equate it to a messy garage. We all either have a garage or know someone who does, right? Often times, people store their stuff in the garage, and often to the extent that they park their car outside! Imagine that all the boxes and “stuff” in the garage are your wounds. By asking God to help you deal with each one and process the hurt, you can clean up the “garage” and pull the car in, letting God’s light shine through you!

Remove the yoke of your wounds. God is waiting for you to call to Him. His light will fill you with love. He will guide you continually, if you will let Him. Can you think of any dysfunctional behaviors that you might be using to compensate for a deep wound? Are you a people pleaser? A television junkie? A workaholic? Are you willing to ask God to help you process these wounds in order to draw closer to Him?

Prayer: Gracious God, we call to You for help. The burden of our wounds is weighing heavily on us. Release us, Lord, so that your light will shine in and through each of us as the people you created us to be. Show us the way, Lord. Show us the way. Amen

Linda Martin

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