A Sure Sign of Healing

I love the beach.

Well, I love parts of the beach. I could do without sand sticking to places it shouldn’t, seagulls scavenging for my food, and…um…the water. What? The crash and roar of the waves is delightful, I just don’t want them to crash on top of me.

So…I love the beach while nestled in my chair with toes in the warm sand, umbrella overhead, and a cold sweet tea paired with a good book. Admit it, the beach is far more civilized that way.

I love my life.

Well, I love parts of my life. I could do without my heart being broken, people stealing my trust, and…do you see where I’m going with this?

The past few years have had some beautiful—solid ground, under safe covering, provision abounding—moments. And then there were those dicey—upended, knocked on my keister, seemingly dragged out to sea—seasons.

The latter uncivilized slices of life, I could have done without.

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I’ve spent a lot of time sifting through the sands of time asking God for clarity and understanding of the past. I’ve gone so far as to offer ultimatums and in my best version of a humble plea ask God to 1) answer me OR 2) deliver me from the constant unanswered questions that plague me.

God is good, of that I am absolutely certain, but He will no more bend to our will than does the ocean or its shifting tide. 

God hasn’t provided certain understanding, or unmuddied the waters of my past, but He has brought something that I do believe far surpasses even the clearest cut answer:

Gratitude. And it is a sure sign of healing.

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Maybe your past remains on a constant loop. Perhaps your carry what-if, what-was, or what-might-have-been questions like weighty baggage. If you’re in the midst of a journey with no horizon line in sight, can I offer you this assurance…

God heals. 

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That healing may not look the way you think it ought too and those answers you seek may simply never come, but one day you will look back, and in spite of the pain, you will be grateful for every step you took.

Because they brought you closer to God.

Because they grew you into the person He needed you to be.

Because they taught you to never become what hurt you.

It’s simply a testimony to a wiser, mightier Father that we could look back on the sweetest moments of our life, hold them up against our darkest path, and choose to navigate the dark again because it created in us something far greater than sweet ever could.

“For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NLT


It is a sure sign of healing that rather than focus on what we’ve been through, we can thank God for what we’ve become.

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He never promised that this life wouldn’t toss us out to sea now and again, but He does promise that if we will just look up, we will find Him. Dear friend, look up—He is a God who heals. ♥

You can also find these words linked up at my favorite spots:  Purposeful Faith (#RaRaLinkup)Holly Barrett (#testimonytuesday), Jennifer Dukes Lee (#tellhisstory)Holley Gerth (#coffeeforyourheart)Kristin Hill Taylor (#threewordwednesday) and 3dlessons4life.

40 thoughts on “A Sure Sign of Healing

  1. Beautiful, friend! I’m thankful for the truths you’ve shared here. I’m reminded of the healing work God continues to do on my heart. So thankful He does. Gratitude is a wonderful gift from healing. Blessings!

  2. Such beautiful encouragementioned here, friend. Life doesn’the always come in neatly wrapped packages, does it? I’very been thinking lots lately about that Corinthians verse. And yes to GRATITUDE. Sometimes, it’seems the only way forward.

  3. Tiffany, I love everything about this post. And so true! I have noticed the more I grow in Him, the more grateful for things I used to overlook and take for granted. Such an encouraging word, friend. Thank you. xoxo

  4. Tiffany, I completely agree. I prefer the beach from a comfy chair and I prefer my life calm as well. But yes, the ways God has proven Himself faithful in the healing of my heart . . . it changed everything. I loved this. Looking forward to sharing it all over! God bless you!

  5. Because He grew you into the person you needed to be. I love that one and God uses it to give me a calm assurance hat even though what we are going through now might not make sense, He is always more than able to make something good of it because we love and trust and Him. Prayers & blessings, Tiffany!

    1. I’m so glad you found that encouragement here, Meg. He is certainly a God of “more than able” and I pray that when everything else is nonsensical, that truth holds you steady. Blessings back to you, friend.

  6. Oh this speaks, Tiffany. Our flesh would never be able to choose the painful path. Only the beauty of God IN the pain makes us able to begin to agree with God. I can only imagine how much more deep understanding will be revealed in Eternity.

  7. What a beautiful post, Tiffany. I can relate to your story so much! I used to be so ungrateful because of those hard parts of my life. But God has done a work in my heart to cultivate more gratitude within me. Although I am not physically healed, he is healing the inner parts of me, and that is the greatest gift. <3

    1. That is such beautiful perspective, Lauren. I’ve had seasons where physical healing felt so far off and I know that impatience and frustration can settle in while we wait. Praying God renews your body each day, and continues to do that beautiful work in your heart. xoxo

  8. Hi Tiffany,
    You hit so many good points in these words but what is speaking to me is that our heavenly father is wise and he amazingly uses all in our lives to bring us ever closer to him — and for that I am so grateful too! The beach is a wonderful place to contemplate God’s majesty and power, beauty and provision, isn’t it?

    1. He is such a good Father and it’s an incredible the way He hems us in, even though sometimes that means walking through rough waters. And yes, it’s one of my favorite things to just sit on the beach and watch that big and wide ocean. Thanks for being here today, friend.

  9. Cultivating an attitude of gratitude is totally what gets us through the bumpy roads of life. Love this post and your heart behind it Tiffany! Praying you see God’s blessings all around you today!

  10. Oh yes, Tiffany. How these words ring true. He uses each piece of hard and heartache for good. But you’re right that it’s not until the healing begins that our heart truly turns to true gratefulness. I now look back and see so much more to be so incredibly thankful for. Thankful He’s taken you there too.

    1. It’s an incredible thing to look back on those hard times and mark God’s goodness all along the way. It reassures us as we walk into the new and unexpected that He is always with us. Thank you for visiting me today, Anna. Blessings to you.

  11. You’re right! Even though I could be more thankful on a day to day basis, and even though I never would have thought I would be grateful for the extremely difficult trials that I’ve been through, I am grateful that He met me there and deepened our relationship in ways I could have never imagined. And if going back for a do-over meant not coming out in the end with that deep relationship with God, I would have to say, no. No do-over. I’ll stick with the God I have come to know and love. Period!

    1. I love it! That’s so amazing, right?! I’ve walked through some things that I’d rather do without, but I agree with you – I wouldn’t take a do-over if it changed the closeness that I now have with God. That is such a testament of God’s goodness! I’m so glad you joined the conversation today. Thank you!

  12. So beautiful and insightful, Tiffany. I love this thought – “It is a sure sign of healing that rather than focus on what we’ve been through, we can thank God for what we’ve become.” I never thought of it in this way, so thank you. I have a lot of unanswered questions in my life as well. This reminds me of John 13:7 – Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” I’m so sorry your heart got broken and your trust got stolen, but I’m grateful you can share this insight God has given you. And thank you so much for the beautiful surprise in my mailbox! Blessings and hugs to you!

    1. Trudy, you’ve given me a totally new perspective on John 13:7. I know those unanswered questions can feel so deep and wide, but only to us. God sees and He knows – and He knows exactly what He’s doing. Thank YOU for being here and I’m so glad your surprise arrived. xo

  13. Hi Tiffany, Oh, this thought is so true: “It is a sure sign of healing that rather than focus on what we’ve been through, we can thank God for what we’ve become.” I can look back and see God’s Faithfulness so clearly over the years! Now, to keep that in mind for this day, this time, and live in that same Gratitude today! Thank you for these encouraging words! –Blessings to you!

    1. I hear you, Bettie – it isn’t always easy to maintain that spirit of gratitude. Past hurt can often lean us more toward anger and bitterness. I love that you can look back and see God’s faithfulness. I think remembering His goodness is a beautiful way to remain grateful! Thanks so much for visiting today. Blessings back to you!

  14. Tiffany, would you believe that I have been feeling this same, exact way about a hard season in my own life? I could see growth and purpose in the midst of it all, but to actually feel gratitude? I didn’t see that one coming at all! I could not love this post more, my friend!

    1. Pretty amazing what God does, right?! I was equally surprised when I realized that overwhelming sense of awe was gratitude. Honestly, it feels like it took me forever to get here, so I’m milking it for all its worth! ;) xoxo

  15. Great post! I relate to the struggle with unanswered questions. In some ways I do still struggle not to have answers but I can also look back and see where God has been working and that it has drawn me closer to him. I like how you point to gratitude as a sign of healing, even though that healing might be different from what we expected.

    1. It’s hard not to know. But God does and sometimes, I think there is great grace in Him not revealing everything to us. I know it’s caused me to lean in closer to Him and find my satisfaction there. Thanks for joining the conversation today, Lesley.

  16. Amen Tiffany.Beautiful post, heartfelt post I am beyond thankful for God’s healing. Looking back over the years, I had no idea this is where my life would be but God did. He has a plan for my life (Jer. 29:11) Like you said, I am thankful for who I have become in Christ. I may get tossed around in the waves for a spell but I will always keep my eyes on Him. God will bring me through. Thank you for sharing these truths of God’s love. Have a wonderful week and may God richly bless you and yours in all your endeavors

  17. Tiffany, what a beautiful post. Filled with firm truth. I’ve walked through those seasons that felt like the waves were rolling over me, suffocating me with their weight. But, God. He’s always there with us, isn’t He? He works His refining, and sometimes He allows us to see what He’s done in our lives. I never thought about gratitude being an indicator of healing, but I think you’re right. When we can thank Him for who He’s helped us become through the trials? That’s definitely an indication healing is happening.

    1. It’s certainly not an easy road and it takes time to get to the point of gratitude, but it serves a such a reminder to me that God is always working. Like you said, He is always with us. Thanks for visiting today, friend.

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