So tonight something came to my mind, have you ever gone through the process it takes for a wound to become a scar, has it ever occurred to you that everything can be related back to our relationship with God? So back to my story, we all know that no matter how cautious we get we cannot protect ourselves from injuries, they are inevitable, in one way or the other, you’ll get out there and hurt yourself. Well some injuries are more serious than others, others require medical attention while others will heal even without much care. Now let me address those that require a medic.
You got this deep cut, screaming in pain and the doctors are trying all the can to ensure that the bleeding stops, they suture you,mark you they use some stitches and the pain is unexplainable, he gives you some pain killers and according to you, you think that you are done seeing the doctor, but my friend this process is far from over, it is just the beginning of a journey that you’ll live to tell everyone that has the time on secrets
The doctor then tells you that you are supposed to come after two days for dressing. Tears well up in your eyes when you imagine the excruciating pain that you have just felt. You try asking the doctor if it’s really necessary to do all that, then he tells you that dressing is a must if you want the wound to heal and also to prevent it from rotting and stinking. With the wound you cannot do as much as you used to, and if it’s a leg, then movement is even limited to some extent. To cut the long story short, the dressing continues, then you no longer need the bandage since the wound needs some air and it’s not much at risk of bacterial infection, then as time goes by, it’s only a scar and you can’t even remember the whole process.
Well, the good thing about a physical wound is that it can be checked and the progress can be analysed. But my worry is about those wounds that cannot be seen, or analysed. What about the emotional wound, the mental wounds, those wounds that a doctor can’t see or suture or even dress. What happens to those wounds, because we know too well that they need the same attention as the physical wound or even more, who tends to them?
God does, He is the great physician , you know, Jehovah Rapha is a healer. He is the balm of Gilead…
Allow me not to digress and take you step by step about the tending of the inner wounds.
You see we are in a fallen world and we are all under the saving grace of God. We can get crazy at times you know…and we can hurt fellow brethren in the process, some hurts are not as deep but others get us to the core, they break us to some point but it is always up to us to decide whether we’ll remain there or we’ll arise and take ourselves to the Great Physician.
You need not to tell Him much about where it’s hurting, you just have to release yourself to Him and let Him do what needs to be done. The first visit would be to suppress pain but let that not lie to you that you are perfectly okay friend, you need some more regular visits for dressing and more check-up. Sorry to say but if there’s some pus, there will be pressing also. The sad thing is that we do not go through the whole process of healing with God,we don’t let Him tend to us , we get tired after some two or three visits, we forget to take the prescriptions, the pills (prayer and word) given to us. We even think that the doctor is just out to hurt us when he takes the scalpel and His tools and runs the procedure. But He says that He has the best intention at heart. He does not intend to harm us.
The funny thing about hurt is that if it is not well taken care of, it births a stench and a stench cannot be hidden or ignored… And the stench of mental and emotional wounds are unforgiveness and bitterness,these birth stagnation. This stench is so serious that it wears you down, it steals your joy and peace that are so free in matters Christianity. In a fallen world, hurt is inevitable, people will hurt you, one way or the other, no matter how cautious you are. Those that will cause you much pain are those closest to you, those you serve with in church, those that you were vulnerable with and shared your deepest secrets. Yes, they will cause you so much pain that you’d wish the pain would cease.
It is only the Lord that can reach to us and attend to these unreachable wounds and pain,let him in so that He can treat you,do not shut Him out, don’t shut people out so as not to get hurt, that is lame. The same way you can’t remain indoors so as not to be hurt,don’t shut people out in the name if avoiding getting hurt, let people in. Let those walls you’ve been building to put people out. Live life and if at all you get hurt again go to the Doctor again, let Him take care of you, let him take you through the whole process of healing again, let Him dress those wounds and wash what needs to be washed. If you allow Him to cater for that wound, friend it will just be a matter of time and you’ll be on your feet once again , the wound that caused you so much pain would just be a scar, a reminder of what it was like but the pain won’t be there anymore.
One process of healing, is by forgiving. Someone said that forgiveness is a gift you give yourself, do not deny yourself this gift… Let go of people and let God, because people will always do what people do. Sometimes it’s hard to let go, and that is a sign of pride. Jesus died for the very people that hurt Him. And if you say that You no longer live but He lives in you, and if that’s the case, then we should not expect anything less, wounded or not, we are meant to love, we are meant to abide in oneness and we are to fight on and be alert so that we shall not fall prey to the devil’s schemes. Do not remain in your wounded state, take it to the Doctor.