"Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall,
All the king's horses and all the king's men,
Couldn't put Humpty together again".
I attended the class on "Resurrected Life" at my church last night. It is a video series by Alan Platt, a pastor in South Africa. He used an illustration of the old Nursery Rhyme, "Humpty Dumpty", to show that man cannot fix himself. Platt said that you can function at a better level with self help, but you will never experience the true fulfillment of your original design, created by God.
I could so relate to this. After the sexual abuse as a small child; I fell into a pit of shame, guilt, and self condemnation; and my heart was broken. I tried everything that the world offered. First, it was just quick fixes to numb my pain, like alcohol, drugs, or sex.
When I wanted to get better, I read lots of self help books; some by Christians, all by well meaning people who wanted to help. But it was like putting a finger bandage over a gaping wound. They helped to a point. I felt a little better if I followed their instructions, but I was never really healed.
Then someone invited me to a Bible study of the book of Matthew and I fell in love with Jesus Christ. He has already done a great work of healing in my heart. Now he is teaching me about His grace and how to reign in life with Him. Jesus is putting me back together again.
"To all who mourn in Zion, He will give a crown of beauty for ashes, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the Lord has planted for His own glory. The will rebuild the ancient ruins, repairing cities destroyed long ago. They will revive them though they have been deserted for many generations", Isaiah 61:3-4. NLT