A couple of months ago I had a short interview with a close family friend who was writing a book on healing after painful experiences. He wanted to know how long it took for me to be healed and how I went about reaching that place of healing. My response was something like this:
I can’t really put a number on it. I’d love to think that I am 100% healed from x, y, and z, but the truth of the matter is, maybe just x and y…or honestly, maybe 80% of all three ha. I don’t know. Once you think you’re good, you undergo spontaneous triggers by something big or small…a month later…a year later…maybe even 3 years later (to each it’s own).
These triggers remind you, and may leave you disappointed or annoyed by the realization that dang, there’s still residue. Dang. There is still some healing, maybe even lots of healing left to be done. In my experience, from one trigger to the next, disappointment came when I misunderstood what not being completely healed really meant. I thought it was bad, but now I know that when you are willing to heal, the fact that you are not completely healed of something simply means that God isn’t done, not that we aren’t ready for ____________. So, if you’re triggered by something that reminds you that you still need grace and humility, and reminds you that you’re still a human who needs God, then good! We were created to need Him. You are not delayed in meeting, reaching, or receiving what God has for you. That my friend, is a lie from the enemy!
In order to heal properly, you have to deal (with the pain) properly.” – Nu
If you’re on the path to healing, then you know that you get those full circle, déjà vu, divine do-over moments when _____________________ happens again. Except this time it doesn’t make you angry, it doesn’t make you cry, and it shockingly doesn’t affect you the way it has in the past. You figuratively (or literally if you’re like me) leap in joy at the felt sense of accomplishment that you have finally, at last have been stamped by the Lord as “Healed!”. Not!
I believe us earthlings (ha!) are never completely healed of any worldly ailments until we leave this world and enter into our true destination…Heaven. Ahhh…The beautiful place of no pain, sorrow, or frustration…just love and fruits – my fave! We should know though, that while here on earth…
“…neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” – Romans 8:38-39 (NIV)
I am convinced that healing is ongoing and not to be consistently associated with readiness for something new. God is not a God that withholds good things from people who love and obey Him.
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.” – Psalm 84:11 (ESV)
Whoever you are, wherever you are, HOLD ON. You may not be 100% healed from x, y, and z, I don’t know, but we should certainly celebrate the fact that we’re making progress. My heart personally smiles when I understand me better than I did yesterday. It gives me a better shot at understanding you. By faith I am healed, today, tomorrow, and forever. I am pleased with me and He, from whom my help comes…as should you. So stay blessed, be encouraged, and HOLD ON! Love you.