Healing

Written By Amy

Healing is an amazing process.  I work for an orthopedic surgeon, and it continues to awe me how a patient will initially walk (roll or crutch) throught the front door of our office in pain and distress, but each week they return there has been healing and mending done by time and our miraculous cellular structure geared to return to health.   The wounds close, the wheelchair becomes crutches, the crutches become steady legs.  The pain and the wounds are fixed by surgery and/or pain medication.  It’s not an easy process, healing, but there are some clear-cut ways to go about it.

It doesn’t seem that straightforward with emotional pain.   

Recently I experienced a painful situation borne out of trying to do the right thing as a mother, and a circumstance resulting in a strained relationship with a friend.  Its messy.  I am at fault for some of it.  I’m not sure it’s completely fixable.  I believe I did the right thing for my child, but don’t ever wish to be at odds with my friends.  Choosing just to sit and process the unfixable situation, it’s uncomfortable.   Every fiber in me wanted to either go back in the future and do it over differently, or have complete resolution right that minute.  I don’t like conflict, and when I can’t “control” the healing, I am just left with a heavy heart. 

 Emotional pain comes out of nowhere…an overreaction that hurts someone, an argument, a misunderstanding with a friend that creates a rift, a conflict at work or with a complete stranger.  Or just being misunderstood.  Loss.  Change.  Failure. Regret.

We  do have ways of fixing it….with numbing things like food, or spending, or alcohol or even drug abuse.  We try to be strong and bury our feelings, stuff them, which always results in them rising to the surface, like a bruise after a kick in the shin.  Our whole being is created to move toward peace.  As our bodies instantly begin to heal when wounded,  so do our souls as they strive to knit themselves together as rapidly as possible…by whatever means.

What other choice do I have when I’m in emotional pain?  All I have is the healing power of God.  Someone once shared with me that they visualize laying all of their problems on the altar of God.  They picture God, seated on his heavenly throne, accepting these cares and taking them from us, so that we may know they are now in able hands…that our hearts are in able hands.

I can receive strength from the bible:

“I lift up  my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from?

My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth”.  Psalm 121:2

 

 “I am in pain and distress; may your salvation, O God, protect me.” Psalm 69:29

 

“But as for me, it is good to be near God.  I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge”.  Psalm 74:28

Is it possible to release the pain to God?  We can definitely try.  We can pray and ask Him to take our hearts, heal them, give us perspective and strength.  He is the only one with the power to do that.

May God bless you and your heart today, and if you know someone who is hurting, maybe pass this along.

 

 

 

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