To heal or to be healed means to be brought back to a place of wholeness. It means to be at a state of equilibrium, to be cured, to be healthy again or to fix what has previously been broken. To recover means to be at a place where you are no longer controlled by the thing that once held you bound. Recovery could also be defined as a place of balance. For those of us who work in the mental health profession recovery means that the person is at a place where they are able to maintain happy healthy lives, be productive citizens within their families and communities. Coincidently, recovery and healing can be instant, although many times recovery and healing happen over time.
Scripture tells us that there is a time to heal. That means that there are times in our lives where we will be sad. There will be times where we experience hurts and pains. There will be times where we feel the comfort of love and times we feel the pain of disappointments or abandonment. No one can argue that they have never had feelings of being broken, abused and even forgotten. Truthfully, we all have. However, when considering what healing means it is important to note what real hurt means. Ever experience the death of someone you love, the abandonment of a lost dream or hope. Something you put your faith in that didn't come through. I have often thought that emotional pain is harder to deal with than physical pain. Think about if I accidentally bruise my arm, I can get bandaged up and proceed with my day. Emotionally hurt it takes a tole on all areas of our lives. Emotional hurt impacts how you interact with others, relationships, and your ability to trust. Emotional hurt can be debilitating at times and can keep us at a state of constant wariness.
Many people live their lives trying fix what happened in there past. We are living today feeling the hurt of yesterday. I believe that all trials are a great gift that comes to make us strong. Think about it what did you learn? When I went through some of the most tumultuous times in my life I learned that I was really was a lot stronger than I thought I was. I learned that I had nothing to fear and that God really hadn't abandoned me. I learned to go after my goals with everything I had. I would have rather failed at trying something than to have sat around doing nothing for fear that I might fail. I learned that perception is everything and that if I thought myself to be a failure than everything else around me would be. If I thought I'd be successful and a winner, than I started seeing victory in all areas of my life.
To say it is a time to heal means to make a proclamation to the past that it will no longer control my future and my destiny. It means I know what happened but I have had enough now and am ready to move on. To heal is a decision you make, like forgiveness is. It means to say I am tired of this mess in my yesterday trying to creep up in my today. To begin to heal means I am ready for a change. It is silly to keep doing the same thing expecting different results. You cannot change yesterday, tomorrow is never promised. Regardless of the situation this moment is the best moment to decide to live. It is up to you. God ultimately gives us the supernatural ability to forgive and to heal the broken places that we otherwise couldn't heal ourselves. Healing begins from the inside out not the outside in. Healing ultimately begins with you.
© 2009 Samaria M. Colbert