Have you ever been in the midst of working on some of your “stuff” when suddenly you think, “Why is getting better so hard?” Well, getting better is hard for so many reasons. It may involve changing your friendship circles, facing a painful past, or various other things that simply aren’t easy. But another factor that makes healing so difficult is that it takes a lot to get to the root.
Early in my career, I learned something about burns and skin wounds that would change my life both personally and professionally. Did you know that the skin needs to heal from the inside out? Me neither! I learned that burn wounds are incredibly painful to heal because our body’s tendency is to quickly grow new skin over the wound, in effort to self-protect. But this actually causes infection underneath. So to truly heal the wound, doctors and nurses have to peel that layer of skin back (ouch) so that the body can heal the right way- from the inside. Sound familiar?
Wow, can I relate to this. So many times I think I’ve gotten to the bottom of an issue I’m facing and then God shows me that no, I’m not there yet, and we have to peel off another layer. It takes a long time. It takes a lot of effort. And it’s sometimes very painful. But I can attest (from learning the hard way!) that avoiding this and allowing that “new layer” to mask the true wound, only ends in more pain and brokenness down the road.
So be encouraged. When it hurts that probably means you’re doing it right! Keep going. Dig deep! And allow God to meet you in your wounded-ness to find true healing.
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