Wounds heal from the inside out. We can’t see the inside of that healing process, but we can trust the healing process when we yield to it. However, sometimes when we think the healing is complete, we see or hear something that makes us realize that the healing that has taken place is yet a superficial healing…only skin deep. It’s like when you physically injure yourself that causes a wound that eventually scabs over through the healing process as the body sends repairers of the breach in the form of red blood cells to clot, thereby protecting the tender and vulnerable aspect of your injured body. Oftentimes you place a band aid over the wound to further protect it during the healing process. When you take the band aid off too soon, however, thinking that the healing process is complete, you pull it off only to realize that there is still some tenderness and sensitivity to the injured site. So it is oftentimes when we are wounded by others emotionally. Healing takes time and time requires patience, and patience requires faith. Wounds don’t always heal according to our timeline, but they do heal.
None of us will get through life without experiencing situations that leave us wounded. None of us get through this life unscathed. However, we can be encouraged because the Bible lets us know that God not only cares for us, but heals our wounds. Psalm 34:18 tells us, “The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit” and Psalm 147:3 tells us, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” God sees the broken and meets us in that place of brokenness, but He does not leave us in that state of brokenness if we allow Him to minister to our wounds so that the healing can begin and process to the point of completion. God is near to the brokenhearted…He is there. Just cast all your cares on the Lord because He loves and cares for you and He will not leave you in your broken and wounded state. So, release the pain to the Lord. If it takes crying to release it (and it often does) then cry. If it takes screaming to release it, then (in an appropriate place) scream. If you need to talk it out to release the pain, then talk it out with a safe person even if that means therapy. Stop holding onto the pain and release it to the one who has the strength to bear your hurt, the power to heal your wounds, and the one who embodies the hope of your future in the person of Jesus Christ.
~Dr. DeShonda Bailey, Lead Pastor