Any gardener could relate to Stasi's despair left in the wake of a major storm that ravaged her beloved garden. After all, blood, sweat and tears cultivate a garden. Oh, the loss of beauty pierces the soul. Although I haven't a beautiful garden, like many women, I share her heart wrenching story in more ways than one. I always thought I was the only one who failed myself, my family and my friends. As it turns out, as Stasi said, "If you will listen carefully to any woman's story, you will hear a theme: the assault on her heart." This assault comes in various forms, some causes pale in comparison to others. Nevertheless, the heart of the wounded hurt.
In the midst of a group of women, sniffles escalated into open weeping as we read about the vicious treatment of women. Past, present and future, intentional pain inflicted upon the daughters of Eve. Should we recoil in apathy or form a first in anger? Would it really help? Who do we blame? Men? Ourselves? Society? Or perhaps there is a deeper, darker enemy at work. On that point, we agree with Stasi.
Stasi urges us to not only recognize our enemy but also to understand our value. Why do you think the enemy is at your heel? Because you are worthless? Absolutely not! He seeks to wound you and paralyze you with fear because the enemy knows just how beautiful you are. He is jealous of you. In your imperfect glory, blemishes, dirty laundry and all you are more beautiful than can compare.
While the enemy would love for you to protect your wounds, there is One who desires to heal you. He longs for your restoration. He created you to shine and he can polish every tarnished area of your life. Are you ready to live a life of healing? Are you ready to let go? Can you trust the One who loves you? Do you want to make this choice?
We encourage you to read and re-read these two chapters as much as you need. He cares for you more than you can imagine. If you have a story of restoration you would like to share, please leave a comment below. We urge you to reach out, first to the One who loves you and second to a community that will walk with you through this life. There are safe places for your heart to heal. If we can be of service to you, please feel free to contact us. Be vulnerable, you are worth it!