“Then he said to her, ‘Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace.’” (Luke 8:48)
My friend surprised me by talking about how God’s grace and creativity takes the ugly colors of our past and weaves them into a beautiful tapestry. Even though she has been a Christian for many years, only in the last year has she been able to face some of the choices she made earlier in life. Shame had blinded her from seeing God’s redemptive hand at work and bound her from experiencing God’s complete forgiveness.
Luke tells the story of a women who, according to the rules, should have been isolated at home so that she didn’t spread her “uncleanness.” A lonely woman shunned because of an illness which was treated as sinfulness. A desperate woman willing to gamble her life’s savings for a chance at wholeness. Too often, we still act as if the old rules apply. We reject God’s love because we can see only as far as our unworthiness. But remember: Jesus touched the bleeding woman when others would have shunned her, heard her when no one else would listen, and loved her when all she felt was despair. He rewrites that same story for each of us every day. Approach him. Trust him.
God knows all of your skeletons – you might as well clean out the closet.