They say that time heals all wounds. Well, I am here to tell you that it doesn’t. I have spent nights dry-eyed and sleepless, wishing that like David I was able to make my bed swim with my tears. My eyes stay dry and my bed stays dry and there is no ease.
There are hurts that stretch across so many years: hurts deliberately inflicted and hurts of happenstance. As with a physical wound there are steps to be followed, like cleansing. There is a great cleansing effect in forgiveness. This is not a balm always easy to apply. Sometimes it must be mingled with our tears to make it emollient in use. Then too, it must be applied to the cause of the hurt. This is easy when you have an open physical wound and you can see what you are cleansing. But what about the times when the cause of the hurt is not absolutely clear, or may be mistaken?
The modern answer to trauma is counselling. But for all the talk-talk-talk there is no ease of mind or spirit. What answers can there be when you are not even sure of the questions? Was it Wordsworth who wrote: ‘We fret, we fume; would shift our skins; would quarrel with our lot;’? The wrong counselling takes time without providing answers. Fretting, fuming, quarrelling with our lot, serves only to increase the agony.
Time is not the answer.
Doctors treat symptoms. Counsellors discuss the available evidence. Doctors and counsellors both need time to recognize the symptoms; find the evidence. Time is needed in both the treatment of symptoms and the discovery of evidence. But time does not heal, just as doctors and counsellors are not healers. Their claim is that they assist the body or the mind to heal itself.
There is one Healer and one Healer only. Jesus Christ, in His death and resurrection provides healing for the body, the mind and the spirit.
I have experienced all three kinds of healing at the hands of Christ and in no case is it possible to attribute the healing to the passage of time. Time has been a factor only when, firstly, I did not recognise that there was a place of healing; and secondly, when I refused the work of the Holy Spirit in my life.
I was a new-born babe in Christ, nineteen years old and fast losing the sight in my right eye. I also suffered from migraine attacks. I was told of the healing power of Christ, anointed with oil, and prayed for. The migraine attacks ceased and the sight in my eye was restored. That was fifty years ago and more.
Agoraphobia was an unrecognised factor in my life for forty years and brought me to an emotional breakdown. The symptoms then were treated medically, but it was only when I realised what the cause was and turned to the Saviour for His constant support and presence that the agoraphobia was finally healed.
The first healing was the spiritual healing of salvation, when I understood my position and need in the sight of God. Time was not a factor. It takes a few seconds to say ‘Be merciful to me, a sinner,’ or ‘Cleanse me, Saviour, or I die.’ God’s answer is immediate and sure.
Through a lifetime I have seen and experienced many other instances of healing. Time has never been the healer. Only Jesus Christ is the Healer.
“He was wounded for our transgressions; he was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5.
“(The Lord) heals the broken in heart, and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3.
“...for I am the Lord that healeth thee.” Exodus 15:26.
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