It’s Day 3 of the “True Love” series. Have a wonderful day! Blessings always, Brenda

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Loving with a Limp
by Kim Gunderson

 

It was the limp that caught my eye.

It was the limp that caught my eye.

In a bit of a rush, a common state of being for me as of late, I grabbed a shopping cart, quickly tallying my purchases against the quickest route through the store. Eyes on my phone, I almost ran into him.

The man with the limp.

Frustrated at the interruption to my pace, I slowed down enough to avoid nicking his heels. Pausing to increase the space between us, I watched him move. There was something about his gait, the slouch of his shoulders, the tilt of his head as he meandered down the aisle that tugged at my heart.

He must’ve lived quite the life.

Unbidden, the thought brought tears to my eyes. What was wrong with me?

He looked broken. As if life had won several battles and he’d experienced one too many fights.

A quick swipe of my finger erased the trickle of truth I felt.

Just like me. It felt as if this man reflected the status of my soul. Broken. Weary. Limping along. My brokenness was hidden, but just as real as this man in front of me.

My mind traveled to those broken places, quietly tallying a different list than the one I started a moment before.

Single motherhood.

Child loss.

Divorce.

Fear.

A longing to love and be loved, but my heart shattered, scattered into a thousand pieces year after year until there was nothing left. Nothing but a breathing mess.

Those scattered pieces brought shame, hopelessness, and so much fear. Would I ever feel whole again? Would my heart ever be healed?

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.                (Psalm 34:18, NLT)

My thoughts shifted to a different day, a day spent in quiet, safely tucked away. Healing inched its way in, wrapping its tender love throughout those wounded places.

In the silence of that day, brave and uncertain, I gathered the splintered shards that were left of my heart and cautiously offered them to the One who drew near. As my hands opened, realization struck. For every piece I offered to the Savior, He graciously revealed He had gathered so many more. Not only had He been present each time my heart broke, but he had captured each piece, each tear shed, and was repairing and restoring my heart, fashioning it after His own.

“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book. (Psalm 56:8, NLT)

Tenderly, gently, and with great compassion he began to bandage those wounded places. He provided a safe place to heal from years of tragedy and sorrow. He breathed new life where death had reigned. He whispered words of His love and grace and mercy, filling the wounded space with peace and hope.

That’s when it struck me, as I trailed behind that man with a limp. A sense of kinship for this stranger welled within. Healing was possible. Our battle scars may look different, but we pressed on, moved forward, one step at a time. Love would come again. Even with a limp.

“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them sing joyful praises forever. Spread                    your protection over them, that all who love your name may be filled with joy. For you              bless the godly, O Lord; you surround them with your shield of love.” (Psalm 5:11-12,                   NLT)

Where do you love with a limp? Do you believe that God can heal each wound, filling you with a love so deep that it heals every broken part?

Kim Gunderson-0042Kim is the author of Breathing in Ashes, a memoir that shares her story of hope after the death of her youngest daughter. To read more from her, click over to www.abigumbrella.com.

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About Brenda McGraw

Brenda McGraw is the founder of Ask God Today Ministries where a team of writers share hope and truth with others. She has a God-given dream to reach the masses with the gospel of Christ. Brenda is an author and speaker who reveals how to discover joy beyond the clutter of life. She draws from her own life experiences in the #1 Amazon Best seller,“Joy Beyond, 28 Days to Finding Joy Beyond the Clutter of Life”. She has two new books released. Finished, Top Ten Steps to Finish Writing a Book and Living Uncluttered, An Abundant Life Bible Study. Brenda lives in South Carolina with her husband, Jeff and one of their five children. She is a survivor of breast cancer and a heart attack. Despite the challenges she has endured, Brenda found peace through her relationship with Jesus Christ.
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