Sealed Orders and Sacred Wound
Agnes Sanford uses the phrase, sealed orders to describe God’s destiny, plans and purpose for our lives.. These are not orders like you would receive as a soldier. It is our way of being in the world,, our way of being loving and being loved. The Apostle Paul teaches that God has wonderful plans for our life, good works he has prepared before we were born for us to walk in (Ephesians 1:4; 2:10). “For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. (NLT).
I invite you to use your imagination to be with Jesus and listen to what He wants you to know about your sealed orders. Joan of Arc was reprimanded for saying she was hearing God’s voice. They told her it was not God speaking, it was just her imagination. She responded, “That is the way God speaks to me, through my imagination.” Use your imagination to be with Jesus in heaven before you were born and listen to Jesus tell you his wonderful plans for your life. What is the song He is singing over your life? What is your response to what Jesus is saying or singing over you? My guess is you may be excited, happy, or saying,”Wow! I imagine that Jesus asks you a question, “In order for you to fulfill my dreams for you (sealed orders) you will go through suffering or testing. Is that okay with you?” What do you answer?
When we ask Jesus to heal our pain He redeems the suffering so that it become a sacred wound. All of us are wounded or experience suffering. Richard Rohr defines suffering as “whenever you are not in control.” When I suffer the wound, I go through the pain with Jesus and receive healing it becomes a sacred wound. My gifts of being a loving pastor come out of my sacred wound of losing my father who died when I was seven.