By Carolyn Karlstrom
“There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin-sick soul.”
<nbsp;> <nbsp;> <nbsp;> <nbsp;> <nbsp;> <nbsp;> <nbsp;> Balm in Gilead, Number 475, Seventh-day Adventist Hymnal
Rick and I are building a retreat home in a remote, though not isolated, area about an hour and a half from here. It’s green, quiet, private, and will be restful – all the things you might hope for in a get-away spot. The project is not quite complete yet, so we can’t actually claim to have relaxed there much to this point. Mostly it’s been hot, hard, heavy work. But we can see its potential. It’s going to be relaxing!
In fact, we anticipate that it will be balm to our weary souls. In Jeremiah 8:22 we read mention of Gilead’s balm, and find that it is a fragrant medicinal resin obtained from a tree found there. The term has come to mean any substance applied to the skin for soothing, healing, or protection and, further, has gone on to imply anything that soothes, period.
And that’s why we call our place “Gilead.”
Ultimately, of course, heaven will be our safe place; our happy, soothing, healing place. That’s where we really want to be, the location we look forward to spending our forever time. Heaven is our ultimate, longed-for, dreamed about destination, the place we’d rather be than anywhere else.
Until then, we have Gilead. Thank You, Lord.
““Go up to Gilead and get some balm, people of Egypt!...
Jeremiah 46:11 NCV
Ask God to provide the Balm of Gilead that makes the wounded whole to each one walking through our doors during our evangelistic series.