In 2005, Hurricane Katrina roared into the gulf of Mobile Bay. She slammed into Dauphin Island with a ferocity that left a gaping wound across the island. The violent winds and storm surge severed the west end of the island from the main body of land. The “Katrina Cut”, as it came to be known, had been formed. The destruction did not end with the passing of the storm. The Cut allowed gulf water to pour directly into Mobile Bay. The saltier water coursing through the Cut changed the salinity of the water in the bay. This allowed a type of conch called an oyster drill to come in and thrive. The oyster drill’s primary food is the oyster. They began destroying the oyster beds in the bay. It was a devastating blow to the oyster fishermen in the area.
A powerful analogy may be drawn from this event. The vicissitudes of life often cut into the inner man. These cuts at times seem to reach to the very soul. It might be the breakup of the family, betrayal by a loved one, or the loss of a beloved family member or a close friend that cuts deeply. The “salinity of the soul” often begins to change. Bitterness, resentment, sullenness, anger, and depression can pour in. It comes the ‘drills’ of sin. The soul within begins to die. Many of us have been cut deeply by events in our lives. If we are not careful, our relationship with God is at peril.
On Dauphin Island, a bold plan was developed. The decision was made to try to close the Cut. That meant rebuilding over a mile of the island across open water to reconnect the two parts. Wayne Eldridge, a local marine contractor, accepted the challenge. The laborious task of bringing in tens of thousands of tons of a dense grade of rock began. Little by little large boulders were positioned, and the Cut began to close. In what seemed at times an endless task, barge after barge was emptied. With track hoes and other heavy equipment, plus the expenditure of immense human effort, they finally breached the cut. Aided by the natural action of gulf currents, the sand began to cover the rocks, and healing took place. The island was once more whole.
Our heavenly Father has a bold plan to heal the cuts inflicted on His children. He sent His only son into the world to execute His plan. In Luke 4:18, Jesus said, “The spirit of the Lord is upon me to preach the gospel to the poor; He hath sent me to heal the broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.” By the grace of God, wounded souls can be healed. The passing of time may soften the hurt, but only Jesus can truly heal.
Have you been hurt? Have you been cut so deeply that it is affecting all areas of your life? Jesus came to heal the broken hearted and the bruised. Hear the beautiful words of the Prophet Malachi: “But to you who fear My name the Son of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings” (Malachi 4:2). We are invited to go to the Lord for healing of the deepest cuts.
~ Brother Roy