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The instant he walked through the door, I knew we were in trouble.  My seventeen-year-old-boy-man cradled his arm protectively, carefully adjusting his movements to avoid bumping into anything or anyone.

“I think I broke my hand,” he said.

“Oh, honey…

The stream of sympathetic words ended abruptly when I noticed the fresh t-shirt and Axe cologne resting in Ben’s non-compromised hand.

“What are you doing?”  I asked suspiciously.

“I have a date.”

“Are you serious?”  The situation was laughable.  My invincible son willingly ignored the discomfort of his fractured hand for love.  (He sure wouldn’t have done THAt for a family dinner!)

At times, I take the same approach to hidden sin in my life.  Those unspoken words?  Nobobdy knows my inner dialogue failed to match a thoughtful demeanor.  An embarrassing display of temper?  Only my family witnessed such poor self-control.

Quiet, below-the-surface, private sins can be easily overlooked.  At times, I only turn to Him for forgiveness and renewal when I finally admit the level of discomfort, pain, or dissatisfaction tucked beneath the exterior.

Friend, I encourage you to examine those sequestered, protected areas of your life today.  Are there places in your heart and mind that ache for the touch of Jehovah Jirah–the God Who Heals?

He is waiting to heal the hurts–both inflicted and endured–like any caring parent waiting to be called upon.  Heal our hurts, Lord Jesus.  Amen.


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