Scarf of Oppression by Jennifer Waddle

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Scarf of Oppression
Series: Scarves of White - Replacing Our Issues With The Covering Of Christ
Jennifer Waddle
Psalm 10:12, 14; 1 Peter 1:6-7

''Arise, Lord! Lift up Your hand, O God. Do not forget the helpless…But You, O God, do see trouble and grief; You consider it to take it in hand. The victim commits himself to you; You are the helper of the fatherless.'' -Psalm 10:12 and 14

''…for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith, of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire, may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.'' -1 Peter 1:6-7

As we are nearing the end of our study, we come face to face with the most difficult scarves of all. You know this scarf by name. It is unique to you. This garment resembles something so difficult to conquer, you wonder if it is even possible. The black scarf may symbolize grief, loneliness, depression, addiction, or un-forgiveness. It is unwelcome and unwanted, but still it remains in the confines of your heart.

Perhaps this scarf ended up in your drawer unexpectedly. Like a tornado, your life was rocked to the core and pain was wrapped around your neck without warning.

Sisters, may I take a moment to simply pray right now? Of all the issues we have discussed, this one is the most difficult. And my heart breaks for the many difficulties you are facing or have faced. Let's pray.

Almighty God, thank You. Yes Lord, thank You even in this for Your ways are higher than ours. Lord, we need You. We need You more than ever before. We are hurting. But You know all about it. Our lives are in Your hands. Your Word says that You see our grief and You take it in hand. Thank You. Please cover us in Your peace today. Help us to see clearly Your will and Your way. We love You and trust You, in Jesus' Name. Amen.

As I write this, my heart is heavy with a burden so deep, it threatens to pull me under. My scarf of black is one of desperation. It is desperation for the very life of someone I love. It is so intensely bound around my neck that I have to remind myself to breathe.

What are you facing my Dear Sisters?

Of all the synonyms I found for the word oppression, such as: desolation, melancholy and unhappiness, the one that hit home was the word ''heartsickness.'' Because no matter what deep-rooted issue this is, it makes our hearts sick.

Please don't misunderstand. I am in no way trying to gloss over any physical pain you may be going through. I know that I cannot even begin to understand some of the trials you have faced or are facing. But friend, in the middle of all the pain, amidst the turmoil, how is the condition of your heart?

I am asking myself the same question as I face this very serious time in my life. How is my heart?

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