Singleness is a time to reflect. Singleness is a time to be restored. Singleness is a time to heal. Singleness is a time to discover who we are and what we want. Singleness is a time for renewal of the mind, body, and spirit. Heal. Restore. Mend.
Recently a friend’s illustration revealed to me how I have given pieces of myself away in relationships. She took a piece of paper and began to tear it. Each time she tore the paper she said it represented pieces of me that I have given to men over the years. Him. Him. Him. Him. When she had but one small piece of paper left she said that piece of paper was all I had left to give to my husband because I’ve given so much of myself away already. Ouch.
While that revelation was painful to hear, I am reminded that there is a Balm in Gilead.
“There is a balm in Gilead
To make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead
To heal the sin-sick soul”.
Jesus is my Balm in Gilead. His blood is the balm that is applied to my life to Heal, Restore, and Mend. I love Matthew Henry’s commentary about the Balm in Gilead. He says, “God is able to help and to heal. The blood of Christ is a balm in Gilead, his Spirit is the Physician there, all-sufficient; so that the people may be healed.” I am reminded of King David who the bible says was a man after God’s own heart. Yet we also know that King David dealt with his own sin. But even through his challenges and difficulties David knew that God was able to restore him. In Psalm 5:12 David writes:
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and make me willing to obey you”.
Psalm 23 also reminds me that God will restore what I have freely given away:
“He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”
My friend’s illustration was painful to hear. But I rejoice knowing that God loves me so much that he heals, restores, and mends all that is broken and damaged in my life.
“What can wash away my sin……”