In my dream last night I was sitting around a table and sharing with some people about the moment I became willing to work on an unhealthy habit in my life. Yes, I know, interesting dream. 😉 The Bible often refers to these things (these habits) as a stronghold. It’s those things in our life that tend to separate us from all Christ desires to offer us. It’s those things that often consume our thoughts and tend take precedence over our relationship with Christ.
When I made the decision to bring a monster of a stronghold out into the light, the most productive choice I made towards the goal to find healing was to situate myself in places where I knew healing might take place. It was scary and yet vital to the healing process. I surrounded myself with people who were struggling with the same thing and who also wished to heal. I surrounded myself with people who had come very close to “walking in my shoes.” They understood the battle going on in my head and in my heart. I desperately needed this support. I needed to be reminded that I wasn’t alone in my struggle. I needed to be reminded that freedom and healing from my struggle was possible.
When I think of Jesus and his ministry here on earth, it kind of reminds me of a traveling 12 step recovery group. Jesus had the reputation to heal. Sick and needy people followed him all over the place. They just wanted to be near him. People pursued Him constantly. He would try to go off to a quiet place and people would show up. Some people knew how desperately they needed help and they went to whatever lengths necessary to get it.
So, my thought today is…what is it we need healing from? And, are we going to whatever lengths necessary to find that healing? Are we relentless in our pursuit toward recovery? Are we seeking it with reckless abandon? People pursued Jesus. We need to do the same.
The LORD is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. (Psalm 18:2)