What if God doesn’t fix it?

There’s a scene in Thornton Wilder’s play, The Angel that Troubled the Waters, that captures the essence of waiting on God to fix the broken thing, or things, in our lives.

The scene is a medical doctor that comes to the pool everyday wanting to be healed of his own depression, anxiousness, and deep sadness.  Finally, the angel appears and the doctor goes to step into the water to receive his healing when the angel blocks his entrance saying, “No, step back, the healing is not for you.”  The doctor pleads, “But I’ve got to get into the water.  I can’t live this way!”  The angel says, “No. This moment is not for you.”  And he says, “But how can I live this way?”

The angel says to him, “Doctor, without your wounds, where would your power be?  It is your melancholy that makes your low voice tremble into the hearts of men and women. The very angels themselves cannot persuade the wretched and blundering children of this earth as can one human being broken on the wheels of living.

All grace, light, truth, and power are communicated though the vulnerability of broken people.  Healing comes through the honesty of men and women who have been shipwrecked and broken on the wheels of living.  In love’s service, only wounded soldiers can serve.  Your power lies in your unblinking honesty.  Mountains move as a result of your deeply moving sincerity.

Wounded healers heal.


Christian Author Brennan Manning said these words about his friend and musician, Rich Mullins.  You can watch the full video here.

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  1. Yes, everything can be a blessing…but only when we choose to see it as so. He was fortunate an angel spoke to him, so many never hear that truth….Many learn it on their own and still others never do. Excellent. Thank you for this.

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      1. I can relate to this after many, many years of praying for healing from chronic pain from migraine, etc. (though I am not that old yet). And you know what? It’s only gotten worse, but while I occasionally battle discouragement, I learn more and more to praise His wisdom for the opportunities He provides which I would entirely miss if I lived pain-free. Truly with God and His eternal perspective, nothing is wasted.

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      2. Well said. I’ve dealt with depression and it has only gotten worse in recent years. I thought it was because of self-pity but I don’t know now. I hope God heals me but Ive taught fellow christians for years that the pay off is really at the resurrection. Now I just need to eat what I cook;)

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      3. So true – on both counts! 😉 I hear you for sure. That’s been another struggle for me, too, but God has even used my anxiety and depression to reach others with a message of hope – DESPITE me, even! He is good. Hang in there, and know you aren’t alone in the battle.

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  2. Unfortunately we live in a world of media where, just as Instagram shows perfected images of the exterior, ‘virtue signalling’ keyboard warriors present the idea that it’s realistic/healthy to be perfect and never feel broken. It’s not, and part of the universe is that we are all humans: we have all sinned, all felt pain and none are perfect.
    A little empathy goes a long way, and the first step to empathy is embracing our brokenness and times when it’s not been so perfect.

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