“Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence.” (Hosea 6:1-2)
There is a tearing to pieces that comes from love and results in healing and restoration. It is a tender but severe tearing, a stripping away of all that binds and hinders and enslaves. It is a tearing that feels like death, but is really life, because it involves the stripping away of all that is false, in order to leave only what is true and beautiful. That’s the kind of tearing and injuring God does when we are courageous enough to return to him. It is a tearing and an injuring that helps us become all that he dreamt us to be. So when you find yourself in his crosshairs, do not be afraid. What is happening to you might feel like death, but it is really life. Ultimately, it is both good and beautiful.