“Everyone hurts and goes through pain. Whatever’s first, it feels the same. Be young or poor, old age or fame. Know this for sure, everyone hurts, we all feel pain.” --Kirk Franklin
Recently, while using a brand-new, extremely sharp knife to cut onions for a dish I was preparing, I sliced the palm of my hand quite nicely. Although it was not a huge cut, it bled profusely. I thought it would never stop bleeding; however, it finally did. Over the course of a some weeks, the area changed colors, become tough, and produced new skin in place of the old severed skin. Today, a scar and a bit of discoloration still remain that remind me of that day. I must admit that now I feel some kind of way about using that knife. It wasn’t the knife’s fault. It performed its duty well, just on the wrong subject. It was an accident. It produced a wound. However, over time, the wound eventually healed.
You know where I’m going….
Did you know that your body, your fearfully and wonderfully-made body is designed to heal itself once it has been wounded? Yes! It sounds crazy, but it is true! For example, a break or tear in the skin due to an injury or an accident creates a way for infection to set in if germs are able to get inside the body through the wound. However, once the body recognizes that it has been wounded, a blood clot forms at the wound site to stop the bleeding, which eventually dries to form a scab that will protect the site from germs and infection. This protection comes as the immune system begins a process of fighting to prevent infection and repairing the site. It does this by bringing oxygen and nutrients for healing. Over time, broken blood vessels are repaired and new tissue grows as the broken area draws in and becomes smaller and smaller. Eventually, the scab will fall off, revealing new skin. A scar may remain to tell the story.
“Everyone hurts, everyone falls. We let love in, still heartbreak calls. Tell me, how much can my soul take? We make mistakes, we hurt, we need amazing grace.”
Like that amazingly sharp knife I was using, life can also be sharp. Throughout the course of life, emotional wounds like negative words cut into our psyches. Bad experiences lacerate our self-images. Unintended consequences pierce our determination. Gloomy outlooks mutilate our best intentions. Unforeseen circumstances puncture our hope, leaving us with wounds that bleed profusely. Cuts. Scrapes. Burns. Sores. Punctures. Wounds that are painful. Sometimes, it’s even difficult to stop the bleeding. Emotional wounds have a way of cutting deep into areas of our hearts and appear to cause irreparable damage.
“Everyone hurts, we all ask why. Sinner or saint, everyone tries. Life cuts so deep, feels like you’re dying. No cross, no crown, can’t give up now, please heal tonight.”
Get ready to shout because here’s the skinny on the matter: Just like a physical wound can heal, that wound in your life can heal. God knows about those cuts and scrapes. He knows about those punctures and burns. He is familiar with your wounds. The ones that happened on accident and the ones that were intentionally inflicted on us. The ones that came as a result of our own choices and the ones that came by no fault of our own. He wants us to turn to Him with our wounds because He can and will heal us.
He. Will. Heal. You.
Our physical healing processes, although effective, are not always pretty. While that wound is healing, it often looks strange, out of place, or even grotesque. Likewise, God’s healing process is not typically a walk in the park. However, when we turn our wounds over to Him, He stops the bleeding and creates a clot and a scab to protect your heart. He does this because emotional wounds impact the core of who we are. Healing means that He has to deal with what’s beneath the surface (emotions, thoughts, mindsets, personal outlooks, fears, pain, various residue as a result of the wound, etc.) while protecting it from possible outside invasion that can lead to infection and deeper damage to who you are as you heal.
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [healing their pain and comforting their sorrow].” Psalm 147:3 AMP
And when the healing process is complete, something new emerges. New thoughts. New perspectives. New insights. New understandings. New reality. New faith. New courage. New joy. New peace. New outlook. New life!
“So we pray tonight that you don’t get weak. And please pray that I don’t forget what I believe. ‘Cause these days are hard and faith sometimes is work. Pray until He heals the hurt. I trust God will heal the hurt….”
It’s no secret that we will be hurt in this life. That is a certainty. It’s also no secret that He will heal EVERY wound that is left by ANY hurt. And sometimes a scar will remain. A scar that tells the story. The story of hurt. The story of healing. He will give you an opportunity to tell your story of how He healed your hurt.
And it will give another grateful soul the strength to continue this journey with a little bit more hope.
“Pray until He heals the hurt. I trust God will heal the hurt.”
Be blessed and be a blessing!
You can call me Jenn. Let's sit on the front porch, grab a tall glass of sweet tea, and chat about life. I communicate through writing and I so enjoy the conversations that squeeze out of my thoughts and words. I especially look forward to hearing your responses to my thoughts and words that spark other conversations, peak interest, and inspire change.