Day 5
for her devotional series
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!"
– 2 Corinthians 5:17, NIV

The amazing thing about God’s healing is that it’s impossible for us to understand. And there is beauty in that mystery. I don’t know how he does it, but he is able to reach those places that our natural hands can’t touch. Only God can heal the brokenhearted, can go into the mind, the spirit, bones and marrow and make them better than ever before. He has the ability to heal the deepest hurt and the deepest pain.

When you think about it, most healing is mundane. We have a sore, a scab forms and gradually, slowly, the pain is gone and the sore is healed. That’s how God’s healing often works too. Slow healing is no less miraculous than healing that happens overnight. We must be patient with God’s healing. Healing takes time.

There are probably places in your life right now that need healing. There is someone you know who needs healing, right now, and your heart aches for them. Let me remind you of something. No matter what’s been done, God can restore everything that the enemy has stolen.

Being a pastor has allowed me to hear so many stories of abuse and horror. Churches are filled with people looking for the light in the midst of their dark situations. But the darker the situation, the brighter the light. Watching people be healed is one of the most beautiful things I have had the privilege of witnessing. Each time I am reminded that God’s healing makes us better and stronger than we were before.

That kind of healing is what Bahati in Tanzania experienced. Born with a birth defect, she was literally discarded by her family. But her grandmother took her in, and slowly Bahati found healing through forgiveness and the medical care the Compassion center was able to provide.

Bahati learned that, despite what society told her, she was NOT a lost cause. From her we can learn the beauty of healing. Of breaking down lies through counseling. Of seeking out mentors who can help us find spiritual healing. And for the simple blessing of visiting a doctor who can use their God-given wisdom to help us find physical healing.

It is God’s will for us to be whole. Give your whole self to him, and allow him to lead you down the long, beautiful path toward healing.

Here's how you can pray for her, listen to her, and speak up for her today:

PRAY FOR HER: God, will you reveal to me a place in my own life that needs healing? I pray for the strength, the resources and the stamina I need on this path towards wholeness and healing.

LISTEN TO HER: "My grandfather said that I am not human, that I am a snail, and I should be thrown away," says Bahati, a 14-year-old girl in Tanzania.Read Bahati’s story of wholeness, healing and redemption.

SPEAK UP FOR HER: Know someone who needs to hear the message that God HEALS? Share this devotional today!

Your Sister,

CeCe Winans is a singer, songwriter, mother, pastor and advocate for women and girls around the world.