At first glance, this saying, "Time heals all wounds," sounds like some old platitude or adage. It's the kind of saying that should have, "Laa tee daa, laa tee daa, " before it and after it. That's because the thought of time healing all wounds sounds just a bit overly simplistic and naive. But, I think that there is a lot of truth to this saying. What about you? In your experience, "Does time really heal all wounds?" Have you personally experienced this kind of healing?
To me, time has the capability of bringing great healing. Our merciful and gracious Father created each of us with the ability to heal: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. We will experience a variety of healings while we live on earth. However, make no mistake, our final and most complete healing will take place in heaven as we stand in the presence of God. As Christians, when we enter the throne-room of the Almighty and stand in front of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and God, the Father, we will miraculously be made well ... totally well. In His presence, we will be whole.
Think of a time when a spouse, a child, an extended family member, a friend, or a co-worker hurt your feelings. The wound could have been an emotional "scratch" or it could have been more like a severed artery. As time passed, did the wound stop bleeding? Did you regain your emotional and relational strength? In time, were you well enough to re-engage the so-called "perpetrator?" Most of us would have to say, "Yes." In time, the hurt feelings subsided and we felt capable of re-engaging the offender.
The length of time it takes to heal depends on several things:
(1) our spiritual and emotional resiliency
(2) our intimacy with God
(3) the depth of the emotional wounding
(4) the history of previous woundings
(5) how much we want to re-engage or re-connect with the offender
If the hurtful person is your spouse, it could take a shorter amount of time or it could take a much longer amount of time to heal. If the offender is your parent, it could take a few hours to a few years to regain your health, resiliency, and ability to re-engage them.
The length of time it takes to heal is not nearly as important, in my mind, as the fact that we are able to heal. Think of some of the ways you have been wounded and you were able to navigate through the hurt; you were able to heal; and you were able to re-engage the offender/hurtful person. Our ability to heal (in every area) is a miracle. God knew that we would surely need it.
In your life, is there a hurt that needs healing? Has someone "cut" you to the quick, emotionally? Has someone bruised your spirit or bludgeoned your soul? Ask God to heal those wounded places. He will do it. He desires wholeness and wellness for His children. It might take some time, but you will heal.
Blessings to you all. I'll be praying for you and your healing.
Murphy Geer Toerner
- Murphy's Devotions
- Austin TX and Baton Rouge, LA, United States
- I enjoy helping people. I am an encourager and I can see the good in others. I want people to understand what it means to be an authentic Christian and not just a religious "nut." I believe if Christians lived and loved others as Jesus lived and loved others, we would experience more of heaven on earth than hell on earth. These thoughts and writings are intended to encourage you to be who God originally designed you to be. They are also intended to challenge you and make you think. Also, I want you to know that I'm praying for you every day. Blessings, Murphy Blessings to you, Murphy