He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. Psalm 147:3 NLT
I recently came across a post where a young woman lost both of her parents along with the love of her life. The husband that vowed to be with her until death, decided to walk away in the midst of her grief, leaving her to face the struggle alone.
If you had to make the choice of having a physical or emotional wound, which option would you take?
The reality of life is that we do not have the opportunity to make a choice on how we are wounded; our physical wounds are usually accidental and our emotional wounds may be a result of the careless actions of those that we love or our choice to engage in unhealthy relationship choices. [Part 2 of this post will deal with loss from death and dying]
Physically, there are various types of wounds, from superficial nicks and cuts to very deep lacerations that require different and appropriate interventions for the healing process to occur. Even so, it takes a healthy immune system, excellent nutrition, using barriers–from bandaids to bandages–and utilizing wound treatments that protect and facilitate the healing process by keeping the area clean and free from infection. When the correct treatment modalities are utilized, our physical bodies respond well, and the healing process occurs with completion, although there is a possibility of residual scarring.
It is the emotional wounds that are the deepest; the wounds that shake our very existence and that require passing through several stages of the grief process which can last from months to years. And if we fail to move forward to the acceptance stage and plan new beginnings, we will eventually transition into maladies such as inappropriate coping and grieving diagnoses.
Loss of human relationships impacts each of us in a different manner; therefore, the interventions cannot take a standardized approach to initiate and sustain the healing process.
We are a total sum of several components: Spiritual, Mental, Emotional, and Physical. In order for us to possess homeostasis–balance, we must have a sense of purpose and a deeper meaning for our lives.
The spiritual component of our humanness is first and foremost in our ability to move forward when our relationships with significant others are fractured. Searching for a deeper meaning of life without God can propel us into areas and beliefs that leave us in a state of confusion, only making matters worse.
Acknowledgment of who we are and who we belong to (God) establishes an unshakable foundation in which we can utilize to begin our emotional healing. There is no one that can compare to God; our relationship with God is guaranteed to last throughout our lifetime and eternity if we so choose. God is faithful in all of His promises to us, He can never fail.
Just remember that nothing occurs in our lives without His knowledge; God was aware that our lives would include having broken hearts, and He promised to heal us. When God bandages our wounded hearts, we become complete from the healing of his restorative power.
The healing that our loving physician provides is supernatural healing; there are no scars when Jesus provides His divine power in our lives.
And Jesus said unto him, Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole. And immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus in the way. Mark 10:52
If we believe and only ask for healing from our emotional pain, God is able and willing to be our Balm in Gilead.
Prayer for today: Dear God, Thank you for all you have done in our lives. We ask you to forgive us of our sins and our shortcomings, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness and to fill us with your Holy Spirit. We pray for those who are hurting from the loss of their marriage, from the loss of family relationships, and from the loss of their faith in you. Oh God, we need you every minute and every hour of the day. We humbly ask you to hear our prayer, O Lord and to heal and restore the brokenhearted. We ask this prayer in the worthy name of your son, Jesus. Amen. Hallelujah, hallelujah!
© Sonya Johnson Ruiz 2019