Fanning The Flames Of Faith
Mona Isler: Posted on Friday, July 26, 2013 11:43 AM
Time Heals All Wounds. I can't count how many times I have spoken that phrase to people over the course of my life. The words rolled off my tongue with such ease when I was trying to help someone get over something or through a situation. 4 words that are so simple to say when the "time" and "healing" is for someone else. I don't even think I knew what the words meant. It's just something I heard someone say and I adopted it for myself to spread around. "Don't worry, time heals all wounds" That is until I was wounded, and someone said those 4 words to me. *Hearing* the words, when you are suffering your own hurt, pain, brokenness, anguish or devastation is an entirely different ballgame. Who are you to tell me what time will do for me? Don't you know how deep these wounds are? My husband abandoned me. My child died. I lost my job. I was molested. My wife cheated on me. My husband beat me. The bank foreclosed on my house. I have no food and no money. You. Have. No. Idea. What. I'm. Going. Through. It's almost offensive to hear when you're in the midst of what feels like the end of all that you know. When your world has been turned upside down and inside out. When you struggle to find a reason to get out of bed. When all that you held dear slips away. I don't want to hear your empty phrase about time healing. But the truth of the matter is that time *does* heal. Except, it's not just the passage of time that heals, but what you DO with and during that time. If you sit in your living room in the dark for 2 years, a whole lot of time will have passed, but none of your wounds will be properly healed. You will sit and stew on your problems for 24 months. In fact, you'll create a few more physical and emotional wounds by doing it that way. So what are you doing in your "time"? Are you seeking God for healing? “Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to it; I will heal my people and will let them enjoy abundant peace and security" Jeremiah 33:6 Are you praying for the ability to forgive those that hurt you?
"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” Mark 11:24-25
Are you reading your bible to find out what He has to say about healing? Are you starting a blog or a journal to explore your feelings and to get them out of your system and onto paper or the internet? Are you listening to music that can uplift you and edify you during your times of sorrow? Are you surrounding yourself with people who can speak life to you? Who can speak God's Word into your life?
"The words of the reckless pierce like swords, but the tongue of the wise brings healing." Proverbs 12:18
Are you in therapy or starting medication? Are you finding ways to stay active and staying in a circle of friends? What you DO in your "time" is what facilitates healing. It's not an easy journey to healing. Journeys never are. But relentless focus on being better, doing better, feeling better is what matters. Even on the days when you can't. Every action forward is a piece of healing and the passage of time.
Yes time heals all wounds. But it takes time, persistence, faith, hope, love, friends and prayers.
I pray you are on your road to healing.