Under the Surface
Think a Minute…Remember Greg Louganis? He was the young superstar diver who won gold medals in all of his events at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. He was the first athlete in history to do it, and was elected to the Olympic Hall of Fame. But at the Olympics, no one ever suspected that under the surface Greg Louganis’ body was full of the HIV virus. We cannot truly know what is inside a person just from looking on the outside.
Many people are not what they appear to be. For example, that tough rugby or football player you know may actually still be an insecure little boy on the inside, because he could never be good enough for his hard, strict father. That shy young woman you see around town might still be a broken, hurting little girl, because she was abused when she was young. Even that 60-year-old political leader or businessman is still full of pain and anger from when he was treated badly as a child because of his skin color, or because he grew up in a poor family.
Many people look strong and mature on the outside, but inside they are still hurting emotionally and need healing. They still have deep wounds, scars and painful memories of terrible things that were said or done to them when they were children or teenagers. If you have been living with hurts, fears or anger from what people said or did to you in the past, they can be like chains that hold you inside an emotional prison.
More than anyone, Jesus knows perfectly how you feel inside. God the Son is probably the most hurt, abused, abandoned, betrayed, and wrongly judged person in history. His own family thought He was crazy, and His own people had Him humiliated, tortured and executed as the most evil of criminals.
But not only does Jesus understand and feel your pain, He is the only One Who can heal your wounded heart and scarred memories. So won’t you put your whole life, including your painful past, into the powerful healing hands of Jesus? He will also help you forgive those people who hurt and wronged you. Then, you can finally be free from your emotional pain and prison, to start enjoying the full new life for which Jesus created you. Just think a minute…