Continued from “Open Wounds: When the Hurt meets the Healer (Part 1)”
Let’s review and expand on my Takeaways from my husband’s hand injury:
- Men – listen to your wives! I try not to be the “I told you so” wife, but for some reason, when it comes to the care of my family, my gut has never steered us wrong.
- Every part is needful. One injured digit can hinder your entire life.
- Fake news isn’t good news; so don’t be afraid of the truth.
- Serious wounds should not be left covered.
I will resist the temptation to expound on Takeaway #1. (wink-wink!)
Takeaway #2: Every part is needful – one injured digit can hinder your entire life.
My husband has told me often since this accident how much of a hassle it is that he can’t fully use his dominant hand and how challenging it is to execute the most mundane tasks, like writing and shaving. My poor husband. He has seriously struggled to keep a level of normalcy in his life all the while being in pain, enduring swelling and pressure within the bandage, and having trouble sleeping and executing his everyday tasks. I have become a lot more conscious of what he cannot do in order to help him. I’m oftentimes in my own little world, so I’ve really had to concentrate on being aware of what he’s doing so I can step in to assist when he needs me. Every part of his life has been affected by this temporary handicap which has really driven home the message that every part of the body is needful and that we take it all for granted until we can’t.
The same is true in the body of Christ, and I would even expand to say, any community that requires people to interact in an interdependent way. Let me ask us all this: Are we noticing the wounded? Are we on the lookout for those in our community who are missing, silent or seem to have slunk back into the shadows? And if we’re the one who’s wounded, are we seeking healing in a purposeful way? It’s so easy to remain wounded and, as a result, remove ourselves from being an integral part of our community. But the Lord is the Great Physician and He came to bring healing for our woundedness. He sets the lonely into families because the community needs us and we need them.
Psalm 68:5-6a (NLT) – Father to the fatherless, defender of widows–this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy.
“Cecily, we have to go to the hospital right NOW!”
My husband, John, was standing in the doorway between the mudroom and the garage clutching his hand in a towel. He was still wearing his snow blowing gear and furry hat.
It took me a few seconds to process what was happening. I had been upstairs, still in my pajamas with crazy morning hair, when I heard him shouting my name from downstairs. The tone of his voice was unlike anything I had ever heard so I came running. That’s when I saw him in the doorway.
“I cut my finger off. We have to go NOW.”
Oh my gosh, oh my gosh. This isn’t happening. I ran upstairs to change into clothing and then oddly stood there paralyzed. What should I wear? Really? Can I really not find clothing – ANYTHING – to put on? I grabbed jeans out of the closet, a sweat shirt and a baseball hat to cover my bedhead.
Earlier that morning, John had gone out to snow blow our driveway and also the bottom of our neighbors’ driveways when the accident happened. I had taken the day off as a vacation day because we were scheduled to leave for a trip to New York City with my parents once the roads were clear enough to drive on. This is why I was still sitting in my pajamas in no hurry to get ready. But now I was in a hurry that made my thoughts blur.
When I finally got downstairs, John was already sitting in the car. I could hear moans that made my knees buckle. Oh my God, oh my God. I can’t believe this is happening.
On Sunday, May 7th, the Lord impressed this word on my heart and I shared it with our congregation.
For I the Lord am the God of Resurrection. I took the shame of the cross and I resurrected my Son to glory as the Firstborn from the dead. Is anything too hard for Me?, says the Lord. Is anything too hard for Me? What is impossible for man is possible for Me. I take your shame, I take your regret, and only I can make something beautiful, something lovely, something praiseworthy. I take the vats of tears that you have cried alone in the darkness and I make praise for My glory. You no longer sit alone in shame but you have a two-fold reward, says the Lord. For you have an inheritance that you have not earned. You have a repayment that has been purchased by the blood of my Son. I resurrect those dead things to the newness of life. The years that have seemed wasted are being returned to you in joy, in strength and power and testimony to the goodness of your God, to the faithfulness of Your Lord. You have not been forgotten. You have not been forsaken. These years and these days have never been wasted. Your life belongs to me. And I restore and I create and I bring forth life and beauty and wholeness. You hang on to Me, says the Lord, for the power is in Me, it is not in you. The battle is Mine, says the Lord, and the victory is Mine and the praise is Mine. The people are Mine. You are My children and you will not be defeated. What can overcome you? What can overcome the children of the Most High God? What foe will be able to stand in your presence as I enfold you, as I enfold you with My Presence? Who will be able to defeat the children of the Most High God? For surely the day is coming – surely this season of regret is passing away and you will have the testimony of strength, the testimony of My grace and glory. Walk now in the peace of knowing that your days are in My hands, says the Lord.
Are you in a season that seems like a wasteland? Do you feel dry and discouraged? Are you concerned that you have wasted years that add up to nothing?
Turn your heart to the Lord and receive His word for you today. Begin to declare a new season of fruitfulness and peace over your heart and mind. Begin to exalt the Lord OVER your circumstances and see Him move mountains and bring fulfillment to the parts of your heart that are shut down. Only the Lord can create life out of dead things. He will do it when we turn our hearts completely to Him and give Him the praise that is due Him. As we praise Him, He comes into the places that we can’t fix and He does what only a Creator can do – He restores and revives us.
Heavenly Father, I come to You on my knees and ask You to do in my heart what only You can do. There are parts of my heart that don’t feel alive anymore. I have hoped and been disappointed and now death reigns there. I have seen hardship and it has hardened me. I have gone through the fire and I feel like my heart is scarred as a result. So I ask you to revive the love for You that You planted in me as a seed. I ask that You would resurrect my dead dreams and show me how everything is working for my good as I love You with all my heart. I want to walk in Your ways. Please guide me and re-fire me. I am so grateful that I can run to a Heavenly Father who has seen all of my tears and enfolds me with His Love. Don’t let me be overcome by the enemy of my soul. Hold me close and make me strong again in your love.