The Truth about open Wounds
The holidays season is one of the many triggers that allows us to see the open wounds in our lives. Truth is that open wounds show up in our lives in so many ways. They can show up in addictive behaviors, addictions, self-hate, promiscuity, negative behavior patterns, caring for others while ignoring your own needs. Living with open wounds become as normal as breathing because we no longer recognize them as wounds they are now characterized as just who we are. What a fallacy, at times we carry heavy burdens of guilt and shame unnecessarily, because we serve a God that clearly states in Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” The Lord is aware that each of us would all have to hit our own personal version of rock bottom. For each of us rock bottom varies it could show up wrapped in the trappings of success, such as a successful career, lengthy relationships and an active social life. For others it looks like alcoholism, drug addiction, and low self-esteem. When rock bottom is not obvious to those around us, this could be detrimental. Because then we start to believe the lies of success and fail to ask for help. As a result, asking for help is considered a sign of weakness. Getting to a place of knowing and understanding that we were not created to live without God. And that we are enough is the place where the healing of open wounds starts. Scripture tells us in Ecclesiastes 3:12-14 “I know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy and to do good while they live. That each of them may eat and drink and find satisfaction in all their toil-this is the gift of God. I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.” If this season is filled with open wounds why not allow God to come in and offer healing. I know it sounds good doesn’t it and yet every year you visit these same open wounds. Like the Israelite wondering the wilderness for forty years. Or the man the Jesus asked do you want to be healed. We are required to do something to facilitate our healing simply put we have to accept Christ as our savior. I know what you are thinking; another simple answer. The truth is always simple some of the consequences are not. Once you recognized the same mountains patterns in your life, that is a good time to stop and ask God to help you move forward. Joshua saw the promise land and knew that with God they could take it. Other saw the promise land and knew they could not. I am suggesting to you today, the possibility of what if. What if life could be different, what if I didn’t have to go around this mountain or healing is possible for this open wound. What if I am not a failure? What if I have worth? What if I am enough? What if life walking with Christ is life changing? What if? In stead of allowing the wound to continue to fester, and ooze, with a mentality that this is it. Why not entertain the possibility that you can heal from the pass of molestation, feeling in secure, feeling like the black sheep of the family? Is it to hard to phantom that you will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living? But it’s not to hard to see that if anything bad could happen it would happen to me. If you truly want to be healed step one is to dance with the idea that healing is possible through Christ. I promise you that if you would even open the door a crack the gentleman that is our Father GOD will take you the rest of the way.