Starting this week and going through to Friday November 12th I will be sharing 5 excerpts from a resource I am working on for women who have walked through domestic violence. October is domestic violence awareness month. If you or anyone you know is walking through this please get the help you deserve. This post is to act as an encouragement for all who have walked through the fire.
John 20:11-18 But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. They said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.” Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.” Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher).Jesus said to her, “Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’” Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.
Before Mary met Jesus, she was a demon possessed woman living in the shadows of society. Surely, others had tried to drive these spirits out of her but for the most part she was ignored, forgotten about (except when perhaps the demons drew public attention) and known only for the demonic presence in her life. Then she met Jesus and He called her by name. Isaiah 43:1 But now thus says the Lord, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine. Jesus was the lover of Mary’s soul, right in the middle of her mess, He loved her. He didn’t wait for her to rid of her demons to come to Him, instead He accepted her just as she was. Imagine, if you will, being controlled, possessed and driven to madness. Being almost completely unknown.
It all changed when Jesus called her name. She suddenly was more known that she had ever been. Fully known and fully loved.
Dear one, Jesus fully knows you as well. He sees the pain you have hidden in your heart and longs to heal you. He wants to come along side of you as the lover and Savior of your soul. He already knows our broken pieces, but He delights when we share our hearts with Him. The Creator of the universe intimately knows you and wants to be your very best friend. Let that bless your heart.
He is safe. He is Holy. He is trustworthy. He is good.
When we are hurt on such a level, if we are not safeguarding our hearts, we begin to believe we must go it alone. That we can protect ourselves best when we have no one close enough to us to hurt us. Friend, hear me when I say this is a baldfaced lie from Satan. The very enemy of our souls wants us isolated and defeated. John 10:10 shares that his sole purpose is to steal, to kill and to destroy. On the other hand, God’s heart is that we would surround ourselves with people who are safe and loving. That we would build relationships in which He works through to bring us community, help, love, encouragement and the blessing of the intimacy that is to be known. His heart is that we would experience life abundantly, that we would be fully known by Him.
We don’t have to work for God’s presence, He gives it freely simply because He has chosen to do so. He knows us in the midst of our pain. He knows us as no body else knows us. No matter what anyone else has done, no matter the hurt they have afflicted, the deep emotional (or physical) scars, God knows us and calls us His own.