“How much longer until your healed?” she asked me.
“I don’t know, that’s a good question,” I responded with my voice trailing off while trying to think about what good health feels like.
Recently, I’ve suffered a painful, yet, common ailment. The doctors have done everything they can to minimize pain and to make me comfortable.
The reality is, I will remain in this quasi-discomforting stage for the next six weeks until inflammation subsides. Surgery will follow, followed by another recovery time.
Healing takes time, and rarely does it give a clean timeline for recovery.
In the meantime, I share with you my top four observations about recovery.
1. It’s messy.
Woundedness is messy. There’s really no way around it. If the wound is in the physical form, it’s obvious the need to keep the location clean, sterile, and free of toxins.
Yet, do we, with the same intensity and caution, make every effort to keep the wounds of our hearts and souls clean and clear from infectious thoughts, relationships, and behaviors?
Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things (Phil. 4.8).
Am I willing to reach full healing by following the Doctor’s orders and eliminate or reduce those items which may prove infectious and debilitating?
2. It hurts.
Pain automatically follows woundedness. It’s the precautionary signaler for the body to stop the activity that is causing the pain.
For many of us survivors, we live in a land of numbness.
Pain proves powerful to pointing us to our Savior. He beckons us come to Him and to ask Him for a healing touch. He cares–deeply and perfectly–for us.
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away (Rev. 21.4).
Until that day when He returns for us, pain will remain as an aide to point us to Jesus.
3. It’s inconvenient.
Let’s be honest. How many of you desire to alter your schedule, money, and relationships in order to fully recover?
That’s what happens when one returns from a medical surgery. Schedules reflect doctor’s orders. Money pours out to pharmacies, fast food, gas, doctors, and hospitals. People who are sick are not welcome to visit, for fear that they will contaminate.
Think through the patterns of your life. How does your schedule need to change to reflect Doctor’s orders? Are you willing to invest financially in seeing someone help you heal from that wound so long ago?
Pray. Ask the Lord to reveal to you which relationships in your life are bogging your healing and growth. Are you willing to take a break from those relationships–even for a short time–in order for you to heal and to gain further strength?
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go (Josh. 1.9).
4. Get only the best.
When it comes to woundedness, I don’t know about you, but I don’t just want a mediocre doctor. I want the best I can afford.
Thankfully, because of Christ’s life, death, and resurrection, we all can afford the best doctor for our heart, soul, and mind: The Great Physician.
Take a deep breath. Cry out to the Great Physician and tell Him every ache and pain in your soul.
Ask Him, “How much longer until I’m healed?”
He just may answer, “That’s a great question. Quiet now, and trust in Me,” as He pulls you close and sings over you.
The Lord your God is in your midst,
A victorious warrior.
He will exult over you with joy,
He will be quiet in His love,
He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy (Zeph. 3.17).
What’s your next step?
Each of our healing journeys are unique, as are the burdens that we carry. Be that as it may, our Great Physician is always the same. In the presence of the Lord, consider the questions I’ve asked. See where He might guide you on the next leg of your healing journey.
For the brave, won’t you share–in the comment box–one step that you took in your healing journey that made all the difference?
Let your eyes look directly ahead,
And let your gaze be fixed straight in front of you.
Watch the path of your feet,
And all your ways will be established.
Do not turn to the right or to the left;
Turn your foot from evil (Prv. 4.25-7).
Join me on the healing journey.
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