Some may remember President Reagan?s comment from years ago: ?Mr. Gorbachev, tear down these walls.?
The people of East Berlin had been long isolated from business, life, friends and family. Now was the time for the walls to come down and communication to begin ? healing hurts from leadership and war during the years past.
What are the purposes of walls? Some say to protect, but most likely walls are for isolation. When we talk about inner hurt, walls keep others from seeing, feeling, touching, knowing or stirring up wounds. They are suppressed. They are hidden. They are not addressed. They sit dormant until emotional tension becomes so high that inappropriate actions take place. Keeping things behind walls are only a temporary fix?? like a pill to a symptom, it never really fixes things. Our wounds or sins must be visible and acknowledged to be healed. The Heavenly Father, through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, makes us clean and new (1 John 1:7).
We each must take down our own walls, brick by brick, and understand others have gone through similar situations. Does it make us vulnerable to more hurts when the walls come down? Yes, it may. But there is an old Chuck Swindoll phrase, ?Three steps forward, two back.? It is worth every step forward to eventually gain what has been lost?? freedom, clarity of thought, love through “thick and thin” and peace. God desires that we have an open, healthy relationship with Him and others.
The healer, the Balm of Gilead, is Jesus Christ. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. As He was in ages past, He is now and forever: healer, savior, protector, lover, guide, counselor, and much more (Isaiah 9:6). That will never change. In His hands, and by His power, He will heal with His truth when we ask Him to. He will restore our souls (Ps 23:3). He will abundantly provide. He will redeem and restore that which the locust have eaten (Joel 2:25). He will heal the broken hearted and set you free (Ps 147:3). Won?t you start the process of taking down your walls today? Open your heart to the Savior. Open your life to others. You are loved more than you know. Surrender and trust the Lord?s guidance and healing hand. It will be worth it all.