It can hurt before it heals

The other morning I read through John 6 again. John is probably one of my favorite books in the Bible.

I think one of the reasons my heart is often drawn to read John is because Jesus, the Great I AM, in several different places through this particular book, reminds us of who He is. It’s hard truth that made his listeners squirm or even walk away.

When we try to rationalize the path we are on or the choices we make Jesus says: “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father accept through Me.”

When we are tempted to have anything in life other than Jesus feed us or try to satisfy our deepest joys or sustain the longings in our heart and soul, Jesus says: “I am the bread of life. No one who comes to Me will ever be hungry and no one who believes in Me will ever be thirsty again.”

When we mistakenly follow the crowd down the wrong path Jesus says: “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

When we are tempted to lose hope because all we can see is the seemingly endless valley of pain or despair, Jesus says “I am the resurrected life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live.”

John is full of hard, uncomfortable truth.

Yet, truth will often hurt before it heals. I can say this because there have been seasons in my own life when taking hold of His hand and trusting Him as we walked through pain and hard truth together, hurt like hell. But, He has always, always, always been faithful. The dawn breaks and my eyes can see the sunrise again.

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