Years ago, I had a wart on the bottom of my foot. The wart itself didn’t cause me an unbearable amount of pain, but it didn’t feel good, either. I wanted it removed and was willing to do what was necessary despite the harsh nature of the cure.
Every night I religiously soaked my foot in warm water and used a sanitized safety pin to dig at the wart until it hurt too much to dig anymore. It irritated me, I was irritating it. I don’t remember how long this went on but I still remember the pain. I faithfully dug hoping that every night would bring healing. When I reached the point of squeezing my eyes shut or my jaw ached from clenching it, I put away the pin and ended that night’s session of self-inflicting pain. Then, lo and behold, one evening I saw a little thing that looked like a broken splinter. I dug it out along with white flesh and marveled at how tiny it was, this root that caused my grief. My foot remained a little tender due to all of my digging, but it healed relatively fast and there was an immediate amount of relief simply because the root was gone. Thank the good LORD, the wart never did come back.
This is the story that came to mind when Mum told me she thought she knew what I was doing.
Mum says to me several weeks ago rather cheerily, “I think I found out what you’re going through–you’re ‘wenting’!”
She has a book she’s been reading forever, (I think avid readers and the studious all have at least one “forever” book), called A Cry for Miracles by Lindsay Roberts. When she picked it up this time it was about Lindsay and her battle of faith concerning the healing of her gall bladder. Boy, was it a battle! Finally, her father-in-law basically says to her, “I think I’ve got some insight for you. I think you’re wenting.”
Even before Mum explained I had an inkling. Here’s the verse that it’s based on:
As he entered a village there, ten men with leprosy stood at a distance, crying out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”
He looked at them and said, “Go show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed of their leprosy. Luke 17:12-14 NLT
Later, Lindsay was given a powerful word from the LORD in a make-up room. Lindsay was about to testify to a healing she definitely did not feel, wondering how she was going to get through it, when a young girl spoke to her. She said the disease was cut off at the root but there were still green leaves, a little life left that satan could try to use to cause her to doubt God’s word and His touch pertaining to the healing of her gall bladder. The thing could be nursed back to life by Lindsay’s words if she received the doubt, but it was dead and it would remain so if she maintained her faith. What an extraordinary revelation!
The word Lindsay received was reminiscent of my day on the trampoline, looking at the remnants of the poison ivy. I knew I heard the LORD. I knew I was healed. So why was I still looking at such ugly skin? Because the war in my body was over but healing takes time.
I was encouraged…then satan immediately came to steal this liberating word. I fretted, wondering if I’d given life to remaining green leaves on dead plants. Just as immediately, Holy Spirit reminded me of a little heart-shaped plaque I have that simply reads: What God reveals, He heals. Every time I read it, it reminds me that He reveals what I need when I need it. These words of “wenting” and green leaves are in perfect time. I have not harmed myself. I must trust that He protects me until He brings revelation and I can receive it and guard it. Then His words become part of my fabric and give me the strength to continue to believe until I see the manifestation of that which I’ve held onto for such a long time.
So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1 NLT
We have been going through so much lately, but the point is, we’re going through. “Wenting” can be a lot like digging at that wart. It physically hurt! But it had to come out. With discipline, consistence, determination, and sheer grit, I met that end goal, I plucked out that root. I immediately had relief and in a couple of days one would have never known the suffering my poor foot endured. Freedom from that wart was not an illusion, it was a reality. But I had to persevere through a painful process to see that reality.
That’s how faith is.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
I didn’t see the root, not until it surfaced. But I believed it was there and knew it had to come out if I wanted to be healed. So as painful as it was, I persisted. Belief, and living out that belief, can be very difficult, but that’s the only way to bring to fruition the promised word.
In 1 Samuel, Chapter 16, David was anointed by Prophet Samuel to be king of Israel. It didn’t happen right away, though. As a matter of fact, he wasn’t anointed king of all of Israel until 2 Samuel, Chapter 5. Here’s the highlights of what happened until then: He appeased an angry King Saul with his harp. He went back to the fields and killed a lion and a bear who came to destroy his sheep. He fought and killed a giant named Goliath. He hid out in caves while being hunted down like an animal by an envious King Saul. His merry band of men threatened to kill him when they returned to find their city burned and their families taken captive. This was his “wenting” from the field to the throne.
Some of our lessons are absolutely necessary to position us for our destiny.
Some, well, aren’t. They’re a product of our own doing. The Israelites weren’t supposed to circle the mountain for 40 years. The journey from Egypt to the Promised Land would have been 11 days. But instead of digging out the bad roots, such as doubt, complaining, forgetting God’s goodness and coming against those who believed, they circled and circled and circled until all of the doubters, whiners, and naysayers died. That’s not exactly the way I want my story to be written. How ’bout you?
Amazingly, I’m finding greater veins of joy and peace in the process of “wenting”. The things of God are becoming rooted deeper and deeper even as He tears up the roots of the things that don’t belong. Although this process can be incredibly painful, I’m excited to see the end result.
Like David, God desires to take us from the back fields and seat us on the thrones in the kingdoms of His choosing, those places He has hand-picked that we may fulfill the plan and purpose He has for us. Are we willing to “went” like David did? Are we willing to face the lion, the giant, the envious reigning king, and those closest to us who turn on us? Are we willing to let Him remove the roots that would prevent us from our Promised Land? Will we remain steadfast in what He has called us to do, forsaking all, so that we can live in the peace of being in His perfect will? Tough questions indeed. Questions that beg to be answered.
Join me today as we consider the before mentioned questions. And let’s seek direction and discernment concerning root digging and “wenting”. I don’t know about you, but I do not wish to “went” any longer than necessary.
Remember: As counter-intuitive as it seems, praise is key while digging and “wenting”.
Let’s raise a sacrificial HALLELUJAH while He sees us through the process.
God bless you in your “wenting”.