Back in day 3, I mentioned one of my favorite verses.
"Come, let us return to the LORD;
for He has torn us, that He may heal us;
He has struck us down, and He will bind us up."
You know what I just thought of? Shoot.
"Wounds from a friend can be trusted, but an enemy multiplies kisses."
The LORD wounds us, breaks us, in order to heal us.
I can take that. I can trust Someone who loves me fully and knows me most intimately to break me, even though I may still argue with Him and not understand, I know without a doubt He will remain faithful. He can't deny Himself.
But friends also wound us. God can use others to break us, and this is uncomfortable, especially for a stubborn girl like me who doesn't want to trust. I don't want others to break me.
Um, this is problematic.
Because you see, I think sometimes God wants to use others to bring a brokenness into my life that will heal me better, and my response can either be to harden up or to let my heart be soft.
Am I humble enough to let God use others to point out my junk? To point out my contradictions? To do surgery in the sensitive places of my heart?
Will I be soft?
Will I trust the wounds (brokenness) from my friends?