It's been funny having conversations with Sawyer about God. We have told him God will heal his ouchies when he gets hurt and scraps himself. Even at night he will pray and ask God to heal him or make his owie go away.
So last week when he really hurt himself he was very frustrated in his mind that God wasn't healing him faster. He had sliced his finger after sneakingly getting in a drawer he isn't suppose to and slamming his finger when he was caught.
There were lots of tears and blood and a battle to get a bandaid on it. He refused the ice even though it would have helped and then was left sad and frustrated that it was stinging and God didn't heal it yet. However, a cake pop and cool Jake and The Neverland Pirate Bandaids made it endurable (thanks Nana).
Now, a week later, it is all healed. "God healed it," he told me yesterday.
It's funny how we process pain and what we know about God or think we know. For things to heal right they take time, that's how our bodies are designed. However, the pain always makes us want a quick fix and we're left frustrated and mad, even though healing is happening, and we can play a role in it.
For example, Sawyer's finger hurt and stung so we chose to try and Ice it, to put a bandaid on it and stay away from water, so it didn't sting more the first day. We weren't healing it, but we were an active participant in managing the pain and not interfering more with the healing process.
The next day we ended up playing at the beach and because of that choice we had more to do to manage the healing and pain. Bandaids fell off and sand crept in. So, we had to clean it out and use some hydrogen peroxide to make sure it was all clean to continue to heal correctly.
I find emotional pain like this too. With my own experience and work with clients we always want things to heal (feel better) faster. I am constantly reminded that God does heal, that it takes time and we are welcomed to be active participants in the healing based on the choices we make.
Some hurts just need a kiss from mom. Some need a bandaid and good nights sleep. Some need a pain managing pill. Some need a cast and someone to help set the broken spot right (a professional). Some need a hospital stay. Some are just about staying away from what continues to inflict the pain (like an allergy).
I find the same to be true with our mental and emotional pain. Sometimes we can take care of it ourselves. Sometimes we need a friend to walk through it with us. Sometimes we need a pill to help our thoughts get back on track or stay on track. Sometimes we need a doctor to intervene or a therapist and sometimes we just need to stay the heck away from abuse and reinflicting pain, for a time or indefinitely.
Whether the pain is physical or emotional, I do believe God is always at work, He is the one truly healing the body or thoughts and feelings. Yet, we still have an active role: to pray and get help and not disrupt the help as we heal. Thankfully He is gracious and when we put a bandaid on a broken bone He can still work and remind us the next step, but sometimes the reminder for more help is even greater pain.
Would we listen to the pain and be an active participant, not hide it, but move forward and deal with it until we find peace from that particular pain.
Thankful for those who have helped in my pains along the way.
From ouchies like Sawyer's, breaking bones, birth pains, headaches, broken heart, friend and family troubles. I'm thankful for my mom, family, doctors, counselors and friends who have helped along the way.