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Protection is Healing

Here is a thought on enemies:

In Psalm 30, David writes, “I will exalt you, Lord, for you lifted me out of the depths and did not let my enemies gloat over me. Lord my God, I called to you for help, and you healed me.” David called for help for enemies, but it does not say, “you delivered me.” It says, “you healed me.” He asks for deliverance; God gives him healing.

Why? I don’t know how this Psalm is applied to David. But I know how it taught me. I had to learn in my life that my biggest enemies were often not the people around me. The biggest enemies lived in my mind. In all of our minds. For example, think how often our mind gives a megaphone to bad words and underplays good words. Our minds can interpret the innocent actions of well-meaning people as hostile. Our mind is suspicious. Our mind sees enemies where there are no enemies. When we are wounded in life, this becomes worse. For example, we become suspicious people when people have betrayed us, and we see betrayal everywhere. If men have hurt us, we see all men as a threat and vice versa. In other words: our mind can lose the difference between perceived and real danger. We create enemies out of our wounds. Enemies that are not real but in our minds.

How does this happen? Well, honestly, it happens to everyone. It is what is called “naive realism.” In the book “the wisest one in the room, the authors say that “Naive realism gives us the impression that we see things the way they are, not as filtered or constructed in light of our expectations, preferences, or overarching ideology,”

In other words, the way we see the world is a product of defective hearts and minds. And our hearts and minds are all wounded in some way or another. We see the world through our lens, bias, and wounds. And the problem is, we often do not realize it. Our brain can convince us that the way we see the world around us is the right view.

The happy truth is that God knows the difference for me. God knows all our brain patterns. God knows, for example, that when I am anxious and suspicious, I truly am safe. But it is my mind that is broken and dysfunctional at times. So when I pray out of my mind, “God, take my enemies away,” God may say: “Jo, I will not take your enemies away because there are none. Rather, I will heal your mind so that you see reality the right way.” God does not have to remove our perceived stressors or enemies and threats. God needs to heal our mind and its mechanisms so that we do not feel defensive about our perceived, often unreal threats.

We need God so much. First, to shed light on the things our brain does not recognize. Second, to heal our wounded minds. So that when we cry for deliverance, God heals us, and the world becomes safe again.

Let’s help others too. When we see others create unsafe worlds in their mind, twisting reality, let’s give them our perspective. Let’s help them create a happy story. We can say gently to others: “I’m sorry to say it, but the problem is in your mind, and it is not real.” It sounds harsh, but it is often just what someone has to hear.

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