136. It's Never too Late for a New Beginning
Wilma walked in slowly for her first counselling session. Her gait was slow and she appeared out of balance. Upon greeting, her hand appeared to have been injured in the past. Upon my quick scan, both her hands and fingers appeared malformed.
It took time to have Wilma trust enough to speak out her pain. Her ex-husband had fractured all her fingers and two bones on her ribcage. As the abuse had gone unreported, Wilma had simply adjusted to her new reality and imploded on the inside. Both her, now adult children left home as early as possible. Wilma fled when all the children moved away. She finally felt safe knowing he couldn't hurt them. She drank to suffocate her sorrow.
Wilma needed a second chance. She was broken. She was aggressive, withdrawn and bitter towards the world that hurt her. God is in the business of healing brokenness, an also bringing restoration. It's amazing - truly a miracle how He loves to bring a person to a new beginning. We can try again after failing without condemnation.
A second chance is not automatic for any of us. Sorrow is not the same as repentance. When Wilma chose to release her anguish, she slowly began to take the intricate steps of restoration. Her married life had wrecked her life, plans, ambitions, her role as a mother and herself. Joel 2:12-13 calls "'now, therefore,' says the Lord, 'turn to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning, so, render your heart, and not your garments; return to the Lord your God, for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; and He relents from doing harm.'" As the months and years went by, Wilma slowly healed, turned and met her Father in a personal manner, which produced divine healing for her. She received a new beginning in her advanced years!
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