At one time or another, every human being needs healing. At the present time, I am looking at the ocean from my writing desk. The ocean has healing properties.
When we arrived here and entered our 12th story suite, we could see a sand art "creation" of a huge, horrifying skull with an ax ready to penetrate the temporal lobe. Oh, my lands. I'm guessing10 hours went into the making. Anyway, as I awakened, I was pleased that Mr. Psychotic Skullman was mostly gone. The tide had taken it along with the really neat pair of sunglasses art sand sculpture (20 feet or more). I am keenly aware of the miraculous happenings that took place throughout the night. The ocean water even made us feel good. The air is fresh and has been proven medically to help with illnesses.
Cleansing: We all need it from time to time. As we left for vacation, I became keenly aware of my need for healing. I tried to leave the burdens and concerns at home. You know I am always transparent with you, and the longer I drove south, the realization came that the grief counselor and fixer I try to be also needed some healing of her own. As providence would have it, I entered an inexpensive store the kids and I love called Ross. We are bargain hunters, to say the least. We wondered aisle to aisle buying nothing, but browsing nonetheless.
I went through a bargain table and spotted a book shoved into the bottom shelf. Well, curiosity killed the cat, so I reached down and pulled the lone book from amongst the prissy women stuff. The title griped me: "Healing is a Choice" by one of my favorite authors. Oh yeah, I had been set up. I asked for answers throughout the week and as I picked up the $23 book marked for $3, I knew answers were forthcoming. That's the neat thing - healing from hurts is optional and God won't force healing. But, he will, however, always make a way for you.
I cannot tell you that God will always heal your physical ailments. I wish I could. Sometimes, healing comes in death. Yes, healing came, but in a way you didn't think. Healing comes with the first breath of heaven for many.
However, while on this earth, healing from hurts can and will come if we cooperate with the master. God rarely provides an instant fix to our problems because it does little to change our hearts or grow our character. Think of the man in the Bible who had laid on a mat by the pool of Bethesda. He wanted to be well. He had never walked. When Jesus told him to pick up his mat and walk, he did. He was healed after 38 years. How long has it been for you?
Author Steve Arterburn says, "I don't know how long you have struggled, but I know this: It is time to pick up your mat and walk. In order to do that, you may have to do some things that will take you out of your comfort zone and push you into places you don't really want to be.
It may mean facing your abandonment, abuse or whatever cruelty has been thrust upon you. It is about the isolation you have felt from abandonment by people who looked nice to the outside world but who were monsters to you at home. It is also about the abuse or neglect you have given others. It is about the shattered dreams and lost hopes that you are living with right now.
This is about healing and the choices you have to make to experience the healing God has for you."
How about you? Do you want to walk with me throughout the next weeks? Do you desire freedom from your past and hope for your future? Let's start with this prayer from the author:
"Lord, I am broken and hurting due to the brokenness of others and mistakes of my own. Please use your powers to heal me and give me courage to make the choices I need to make to allow your healing in my life. Forgive me for standing in your way of healing for me. Thank you for allowing my past to end one second ago, and my future to begin right now in this moment with you."
(Kimberly Short-Wolfe, MA, is a homeschool mom of three, and the grief counselor/bereavement coordinator and a chaplain for Mountain Hospice. To contact her, call 304-823-3925, ext. 136, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.)