God knows about His wounded sheep. I realized this at a deeper level about 8 years ago when I read chapter 34 of Ezekiel. He not only knows about the wounded..He pursues them to bring them to a safe place. His heart breaks for those who have been wounded by people who claim to be for them. So many people have been hurt by other believers..in fact I doubt if there is anyone who does not have at least one story..God knows we bear the wounds of those incidents and seasons.
His heart is for us and He desires to apply the balm of Gilead on those wounds. The problem is it may be difficult to find a safe place. Disillusionment sets in and we feel like it is hopeless. Is anyone safe? Are there places..communities..churches..where people genuinely care? ..where our pain does not need to be hidden? Yes..there are but they are few and far between. We cannot give up the search. God intends for us to be in community..to be safe..to grow with others..to connect with one another. He is a God of relationship.
God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit are intimately connected with one another and somehow in a mysterious way they are one. Our God himself is relational to the core. He designed us to be the same way. We need each other even if we wish we could have it another way. In Seminary my theology professor referred to the trinity as being in a dance with one another..intimately moving around each other..connected but still separate..moving through time and space engaging with one another..revealing God’s heart to His people.
It is comforting to realize that God was in relationship with Himself before we ever created. He is the one who understands our broken hearts and our need for healing. He seeks us out to restore us to Himself and to others. We have a God who is so much deeper than we ever imagined. His ability to redeem us..to set us on our feet..to give us hope..to meet us in the dark..to remember all the details..to pour out grace and faith into our broken spirits.. is unlimited.
“For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search and find my sheep. I will be a shepherd looking for his scattered flock. I will find my sheep and rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on that dark and cloudy day… I will search for my lost ones who strayed away, and I will bring them safely home again. I will bandage the injured and strengthen the weak.”