In my house, I identify myself as an efficient, supersonic dishwasher. But, with this speed comes little nicks and dings on my fingers from various cooking utensils. One of my most memorable gashes came in the form of a vegetable peeler. As I washed it rapidly (too rapidly), I peeled off part of my thumb. As blood started rushing out the cut, I ran to the bathroom – blood trailing on the floor. Okay God, what now? I muttered as I stood in the bathroom applying pressure assessing if it was deep enough for a few stitches. But this time, pressure, alcohol, Neosporin and band-aids did the trick. If the cut was a tad deeper, I may have needed stitches or staples, and a short hospital stay to assist my body in the healing process.
Likewise, there are so many wounds in life (some that we bring on ourselves and some that are inflicted by others) that may seem unbearable or like they will never heal. But, just like a physical cut on our bodies, a cut in our hearts will heal with proper care.
All wounds, physically, mentally or emotionally have the power to kill or the power to heal. It all depends on how we take care of it.
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34 17-18 NIV)
God cares about every aspect of our lives, especially the broken parts. As we spend time with Him, He will teach us how to care for our emotional injuries. He will implore us to learn about the whys and hows. He will help lead us to forgive ourselves and our trespassers (Matthew 6:12). He will even lead us to seek therapy to help us heal if necessary. As we trust Him, He will lead us on the correct route to our healing.
“He heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3 NIV)
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