Thursday, May 17, 2007


I have been thinking this week about the the process of recovery. It is a peculiar thing. We want it with a strong desire.
We want to recover from the flu.
We want to recover from alcohol abuse.
We want to recover our youth.
We want to recover from being made fun on in first grade.
We want to recover from a loss of sleep.
We want to recover money that was waisted.
We simply want to recover.

Yet it seems to me we really don't recover. How can you really get over hurt, fatigue, pain...yet we simply want life to get better. We want to make what happened to us better....we want redemption or something. We want it all to mean something.

Regan did so well when we first came home. Now it is not so good. It is all very difficult to manage sometimes. My heart longs for recovery. I can hear it in people's questions. They want her to recover too..Even Regan's friend Kate who is also six said to me yesterday as we walked hand in hand down a sidewalk. "My heart just aches for little Regan." Me too, Kate, Me too! It is our nature to want recovery.

So I wonder if we simply let go of recovery and learned to rest in renewal. It seems to be what Christ offers us. Job 14:14 says "I will wait for my renewal to come." Renewal is total a forward motion. To be renewed is to be made new. It seems different than recovery. It is moving forward and less about the past. Not that we shouldn't try to heal our past but we do it by the work of renewal currently......currently the Holy Spirit is renewing us. Giving us the power to live. Giving us the power to cope. Reminding us that it may not recover but there is still hope...the hope of renewal.


Mandy said...

these are great words. very well said, my friend!

thanks for sharing this.

velvet said...

Good stuff. Your blog could be a daily devotion. I find myself pondering these lessons for days.

Will you give my friend Andrea a hug from me, por favor?

Shan said...

Chantell -
Paul has something to say about renewal:
We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that his life may be revealed in our mortal body...Therefore we do not lose heart...Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being RENEWED day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary but what is unseen is eternal.
portions of 2 Cor.4

When I read Paul's thoughts today I couldn't help but thinking of Regan and her little body and how she too, like the rest of us is carrying around Christ's death...yet his life is being revealed in her!! Paul says that eternity is renewal!

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