November 2, 2017
There is an old expression that “Time heals all wounds.” Honestly, I doubt that’s true. I mean, there has to be some willingness to allow ourselves to be healed. If we choose to hang on to old wounds, then they will not heal no matter how much time goes by. Do you remember as a child continually picking scabs off of skinned knees? We took so much longer to heal because of that! I think emotions are like that as well. The more we allow hurts and emotional injuries to fester and infect our minds the longer it will be before we are whole again. And in some cases we NEVER allow for healing to take place.
And honestly, much of this depends on our definition of “healing” does it not? When I was 7 years old, my family and I were swimming in the Colorado River. We were moving from Utah to Pennsylvania (long story) and had taken a few minutes for a picnic lunch and a dip. As I wandered in the river farther and farther from shore my mother kept saying, “That’s far enough… that’s far enough.” Eventually I took one step too many and felt excruciating pain in my ankle. Blood started bubbling to the surface of the water as my sister Donna came and “rescued” me. I must have “brushed up” against something very sharp on the bottom of the river because it sliced my ankle wide opened. I’m not embarrassed to say that I cried like a 7 year old! After a trip to the hospital, many stitches and of course the dreaded tetanus shot, we continued on our way to PA with a very unhappy and uncomfortable little boy. Eventually my wound healed… or did it? That was 56 years ago and I still have a scar on my ankle. So, what does healing really mean? It seems that healing very often, if not always… involves scarring… a reminder of a wound. And scars are sometimes limiting. I’m not in the medical field but I know there is such a thing as “scar tissue.” And I believe that can limit our ability to use muscles and other tissue as we once could. Do those sorts of wounds “heal”? Well yes… but we are now somewhat restricted as a result of our previous injuries. So we are “healed” but not fully “restored.”
Why do you suppose God made us that way? I’m not sure either. It could be that full and complete healing/restoration is not possible in this broken world anymore. We know for sure that the world is not as it was created to be before the Fall of Adam and Eve right? And yet we don’t always know how The Fall has affected us. How are we different from the days of the Garden of Eden… pre Fall? Certainly the world is now scarred by sin. Full healing/restoration will not take place until Jesus returns. Or until we breath our last and find ourselves in the presence of our Heavenly Father.
Yes, healing (physical, emotional and spiritual) is certainly possible in this world… but I don’t think it happens without scars. Some in the faith will dispute what I have said here. They will say that I have placed limitations upon God. Or that my faith is inadequate. I am fully prepared to admit that I could be wrong. But… NEWSFLASH… God is limited. There are many things that He cannot do: He cannot sin, He cannot be what He is not, He cannot save people without the death of Jesus…, etc. And of course there are innumerable things that God could do but chooses not to do. Can God fully and completely heal and restore us? I have already said that will happen in Glory. Can He do it now in this existence? Probably but He chooses not to do so. He allows for scars.
An interesting side note. Jesus was raised with some sort of “Glorified” body… and yet… He retained His physical scars.
27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.”
What do you make of that?
Rather than denying that you have scars, it might be wise to consider what your scars are. Are there reasons that you struggle to find and express love, kindness, forgiveness? That very well could be a result of emotional scarring. Issues that you thought were well in the past may still limit you today. It’s not that we can’t function. It’s more that we may not operate with the full capacity with which God created us. Healing might have occurred for you… complete restoration on the other hand… well… if it comes at all, it only comes because of the Grace of God.