Finding Healing in the Midst of our Pain

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It wasn’t what I expected to come from that weekend.

It was the year after my mom died, and I made my first ever trip to Northern Ireland. It was supposed to be a fun weekend with some friends at a women’s conference. I had not originally intended to go, but a friend had to drop out at short notice and offered me her ticket at a deep discount. I didn’t know I was going there for God to heal a deep ache in my heart.

God began His work before we even made it to the conference location on the coast. On the day we drove up to the conference, we stopped at another location on the coast for lunch. We ate in a small restaurant looking over a small beach and harbor. Afterwards, we had time for a quick walk on the beach.

Suddenly, I was standing on that beach with tears streaming down my face.

It was the first time I had seen the sea since my mom died, and every memory of our beach holidays growing up flooded my mind. I had no idea that such deep pain was still lingering inside of me. I had been doing OK. Even though I had all these memories and feelings swimming around in my heart. I had no idea it was a precursor of what was coming over the next couple of days.

Later that weekend during the conference, a time of prayer was offered. I ended up lying on the floor as person after person prayed for me while the following song was played on repeat loudly, over and over and over.

That was when I knew – when I understood – that this was the reason I was there. God reached in and touched that deep wound in my heart. He began the process of healing and allowed me to properly grieve. Rather than doing the very British stiff upper lip thing of “I’m OK.” I lay there and I bawled. I allowed all the pain to surface and be expressed, I didn’t hold back. In the presence of God, I just let it all out. It felt like hours later when I finally got up from the floor to discover that everyone else had finished the session and moved on.

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God met me in an unexpected moment, and He touched a nerve. In the midst of the pain of grieving, God’s healing became real to me. It didn’t mean the loss lessened or everything was perfect when I returned home. My burdened wasn’t quite so heavy, and I was reminded that God walks beside me. My pain and hurt matter to Him. The pain and hurt you carry matters to the Lord of the Universe.

It is a song I have come back to a number of times over the years, because it is so true. There is a lot of pain, and I know you can relate to that. If you are struggling and in a place of pain, I would encourage you to read these lyrics, or listen to the song and allow God’s healing to wash over you. There is a lot of pain, but there’s a lot more healing.

OUTRAGEOUS GRACE – Godfrey Birtill

Verse 1
There’s a lot of pain but a lot more healing
There’s a lot of trouble but a lot more peace
There’s a lot of hate but a lot more loving
There’s a lot of sin but a lot more grace

Chorus
Oh outrageous grace oh outrageous grace
Love unfurled by heaven’s hand
Oh outrageous grace oh outrageous grace
Through my Jesus I can stand

Verse 2
There’s a lot of fear but a lot more freedom
There’s a lot of darkness but a lot more light

There’s a lot of cloud but a lot more vision
There’s a lot of perishing but a lot more life

We can find healing in the of our pain. Sometimes in the moments of our deepest, darkest pain is the place where healing rushes in a most unexpected way.

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Zoe Gregg

Zoe Gregg

A creative woman at heart, Zoe works to introduce local school children to God through “Open the Book” and “Prayer Spaces”. She is passionate about storytelling, believing that each of us has our own unique story to tell as well as delighting in traditional tales.
Zoe Gregg

About Zoe Gregg

A creative woman at heart, Zoe works to introduce local school children to God through “Open the Book” and “Prayer Spaces”. She is passionate about storytelling, believing that each of us has our own unique story to tell as well as delighting in traditional tales.

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