“Waking The Dead”- Healing The Brokenhearted (pt. 2)

Dec 11

“Waking The Dead”- Healing The Brokenhearted (pt. 2)

This week in WTD- Chapter 8~ “Deep Restoration” we have been discussing what Eldredge calls ‘The STREAM of RESTORATION (Healing) and what that means for us as Christians. Specifically we have been addressing the topic of ‘Healing of BROKENHEARTS’ as that is the salient point of chapter eight.

A few days ago my post dealt with the question of whether, as Eldredge asserts that Jesus came to heal the ‘Brokenhearted’ per His commission in Isaiah 61 or if as David Implored we are to come with a ‘ Broken Heart’ before God to be able to enter into an authentic relationship with Him.
This discussion will now attempt to answer that question, yet perhaps in a ‘round a bout way’ as there are some important thoughts I have about this vital area in regard to our daily walk as Christians before each other and the Lord.

I agree with Eldredge when he states in the chapter that we have ALL, each and every person had their hearts ‘broken’ and more than one time; possibly many times.

“The heart can be broken—literally. Just like a branch or a statue or a bone. Can you name any precious thing that can’t?

But somehow we have overlooked the fact that this treasure called the heart can also be broken, has been broken, and now lies in pieces down under the surface. When it comes to “habits” that we cannot quit or patterns we cannot stop, anger that flies out of nowhere, fears we cannot overcome or weaknesses we hate to admit—much of what troubles us comes out of the broken places in our hearts crying out for relief.” (page 132 ‘Waking The Dead’)

For me, it is just like how each of us goes through life incurring various scrapes, cuts, and bruises or sometimes even more traumatic injuries like a broken bone , injured organs or serious illnesses like cancer or diabetes. Just like our body is susceptible to injury and disease, so our ‘Hearts’ are susceptible to injury and heartbreak. So as Eldredge says we are in need of Deep Restoration or healing of our hearts from the Master Physician, Jesus.

Sadly, however I believe most of the world and even Christians are in denial of this fact. Most people refuse to look at the issue of their ‘Heart Health’; and if they even do realize the damage to their hearts seek other methods and means than the Deep Restoration only Jesus can bring to assuage and try to fix themselves in this vital area.


It was interesting this week as I sat down with the family to relax we watched an old Bruce Willis film “The Kid” that illustrated these truths so well for me. Here was a guy, ‘Russell’ who seemingly in the worlds eyes had it all—A Mansion, fancy Car, the latest fashions and gadgets, the means to eat at the finest restaurants whenever he chose and in his high profile, highly visible career the ability to associate and hobnob with all of Hollywood’s wealthiest and most popular individuals. Russell was at mid- life with everything materially a person could want and yet, nothing of real value in his life. He was estranged from his Dad, He had no close friends or family, He made more money than he knew what to do with and yet had no time as he worked 70-80 hours a week as an image consultant ,How ironic!? as he was in turmoil about who he himself was and his own fulfillment as a person. Just about this time in the movie as he is dreading getting ready to celebrate his 40th birthday ‘His 7 Year Old Self’ appears on the scene to help him get in touch with the important issues of his heart that he had buried for years and years.

At first, just like many of us the older Russell doesn’t ‘get it’; he really does not understand what is happening, he just knows he is unhappy. When the younger ‘Rusty’ asks questions or suggests ideas ‘Russell’ refuses to listen; like us he is in denial. Finally ‘Russell’ realizes he must begin to probe his heart for answers. With young Rusty’s help he goes back to his past and he finds answers in the broken and hurt places of his heart. First he uncovers the fact that he was bullied for most of his grade school years. Then he must deal with the painful issue of the cause of his estrangement from his Dad. His Mother is very sick with a terminal illness, of which she will soon die; that also caused a deep hurt in his heart as well, that he had covered up for years. However, the most painful issue is how harsh and impatient his Dad had been to little Rusty and really now the older ‘Russell’ realizes that his Dad had been this way to little Rusty because he was fearful and did not know how to handle his wife’s illness or how he was going to raise a 7 year old boy by himself. Still Russell had to enter those painful memories to receive healing.

In the end of the movie ‘Russell’ receives the healing in his heart He so desperately needs. As Eldredge pointed out in the previous chapter (‘Receiving God’s Intimate counsel’) we must enter into that painfully damaged place of our heart to receive our healing as well.

“The lessons that have been laid down in pain can be accessed only in pain. Christ must open the wound, not just bandage over it.” (WTD-page 122)

So to end this installment I will answer the question of whether we are to come before God with a broken heart or have a fully restored Heart before Him first before we can come to Him. My answer, is we need both; The Heavenly Father loves us so much as Eldredge says he wants us to Have OUR WHOLE HEARTS and in order to do that they must be TOTALLY healed by Jesus, which will enable us to have an intimate and fulfilling relationship with Him. However, Jesus also knows in this life our hearts being such a sensitive and tender organ will often get hurt and even broken again sometimes so we must, as David implored “Come before Him with a BROKEN HEART”. To me, that means we are to be in total authenticity and vulnerability with the Father, bringing all our hurts and pains and needs to Him—a TOTAL DEPENDENCE on Him, anything else, such as ‘sweeping the issue under the rug’, or seeking other ways to deal with the pain so to speak, creates distance, between me the Father, is a lack of Faith and hence sin.

So remember the words of the Psalmist when he says in Psalms 147: 3 “He HEALS the BROKENHEARTED & binds up their wounds.”

This PROMISE is freely & always avaialble to Us!



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