WholyFit Inspirations # 26

WholyFit Inspirations #26 – by Chelsea Rounds Gold Certified WholyFit Instructor

“Healing through Tears”

I felt serious torment in my heart one night. I was overwhelmed by the feeling of love from the Lord and knew that repentance was here. But there’s one problem – for me, repentance comes with tears and in a room full of people, tears can be embarrassing.

It can be easier for us to put up a wall of protection and not allow the emotions to come. But then are we really healing from our wrongdoings? For me, the answer is no.

Twice in my life I’ve experienced a serious repentance during a worship experience. The first time was at a rather radical church and I was feeling very broken. It was the first time that I felt brave enough to actually participate in a time where pastors and prayer warriors would lay hands on us and pray over us. I was so overcome with emotion that I could barely walk. It was God’s way of healing me – of using those voices in my ears to assure me that it would be okay and I could move forward with my life.

The second experience was as a WholyFit participant. I remember the specific anxiety I was feeling at the time. It was before my mother’s two knee replacements, and I remember she could barely walk. I was truly worried that she would be in excruciating pain for the rest of her life. I was harboring fear and anxiety for my mother instead of giving it to God. In that WholyFit class, I was overcome with the desire to lay my fear and my anxiety at the foot of the Cross and allow God to work in my mother’s life. My WholyFit mat was stained with my tears that night, but I walked out of class without the burden on my shoulders.

Multiple times as I have taught WholyFit, I’ve had participants shed tears in my class for a variety of reasons. I’ve seen mourning tears after the loss of loved ones, I’ve seen tears due to physical pain in the body, anxiety tears, frustration tears, repentance tears, and so on. It’s in those moments that I ask the Lord how He wants me to handle that situation, and I usually pray out loud with them. Sometimes the Lord tells me all they need is a hug. But it’s important for us to be able to heal through our tears rather than run from them.

I realize that not everyone heals through tears, but if you’re an emotional one like me- I encourage you to not be afraid to let your emotions show. God does His best work in us when we are vulnerable with Him. If you’re praying and you feel His presence overtaking you, let Him do His work in you.

Dear Lord, Thank You for our ability to shed tears. It should not be looked at as a weakness in our characters but as a way to release what we do not need in our lives. Lord, I ask that You work in our lives to heal us. We know that healing only comes from You and we strive to be like You. Thank You, Lord. Amen!

Spreading love and peace,