I must admit, wound care isn’t a topic I typically delve into, but bear with me…as with all things, God provides revelation in the simplest of things…
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to be educated on how the body attempts to heal open wounds. Far from an expert on the subject, here’s my takeaway…with an open wound the body’s goal is to protect itself. To bridge the gap of exposed tissue, new tissue forms – a scab…we’ve all had them…and all probably felt the temptation to pick at them…a healing wound is uncomfortable…it itches…it’s tender, but over time the scab subsides to new tissue growth and eventually the new skin is no longer tender. Deep wounds on the other hand, don’t effectively heal that way – and yet, the body tries to do the same thing. Sometimes the tissue becomes infected, and in some cases, the tissue becomes necrotic…it dies from a lack of blood supply. Without proper care, the wound can fall into an endless cycle; it may appear to heal on the surface, but it’s not really healing at all. To heal properly, the wound must heal from the inside out. The dead tissue must be carefully removed…the process of removing the tissue promotes bleeding…the increased blood supply promotes tissue regeneration, and the surface of the wound remains exposed until the healing process is complete.
Perhaps you’re thinking…”ok…that’s good to know” – I thought the same thing until about a week later when I found myself walking away from a conversation where emotions from a deep wound resurfaced without warning – my head was attempting to reason, but my heart was in excruciating pain.
And then it came to me…wound care! We may recognize many emotional wounds are deep, and yet we try to heal them like other surface wounds. More importantly, our heads can’t cover over a flurry of painful emotions and expect permanent healing. Days, months, but most likely years may pass before we realize the wound never really healed at all – on the surface things may look fine, but beneath it all is necrotic tissue cut off from life giving blood supply of our Heavenly Father – the wound still exists and is in desperate need of the Great Physician’s hands to heal us from the inside out.
“Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.” Jeremiah 17:14(NIV)
“But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5(NIV)
Equally important, it’s likely some degree of forgiveness is still needed. We may have convinced ourselves we have forgiven others (or even ourselves), but at some level we may very well be holding on to a piece of that pain. Is it possible we’re still holding on to a true event as Truth? Perhaps. Did we leave the dead tissue and expect time to minimize the pain? Or did we lock in the pain? Ultimately, true healing begins when we’re willing to let go of our feeble attempts at doctoring the pain ourselves and turn over our broken pieces to Him. We must allow God to remove the dead tissue of past hurts, ultimately restoring blood flow and stimulating new growth in Him.
Do you have an old wound? Have you locked in the pain of past events as Truth? Ask God to help you search your heart and expose light to wounds only He can heal.