THE LAW OF HEALING
Pain removes the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul. – C.S. Lewis
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3
Let’s face it. Many times in our lives, we get injured. We experience pain. Name it. You lost something or someone very important to you. You were betrayed by someone you trust. You’re disappointed by an outcome. You got frustrated with a dream. Bad things happen to us. Sometimes, they’re caused by others to you. Sometimes, they’re caused by none other than ourselves. It’s all part of this imperfect world we’re living in. We get injured in life. And it’s so crucial that we experience healing.
In any physical training, there’s a lot of possible injuries. Name it. All kinds of sprain – ankle, knee, shoulder, wrist. All kinds of strain – muscle, tendon, ligament. It’s all part of the journey. That’s why, to have long-lasting benefits in physical training, one of the non-negotiable laws is the law of healing. We need to go through a process of healing.
Here’s a very common, well-known alternative first-aid process on healing injuries. I shortened it, and deleted some detailed instructions.
As soon as possible after an injury, such as a knee or ankle sprain, you can relieve pain and swelling and promote healing and flexibility with RICE—Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.
Rest. Rest and protect the injured or sore area. Stop, change, or take a break from any activity that may be causing your pain or soreness.
Ice. Cold will reduce pain and swelling. Apply an ice or cold pack right away to prevent or minimize swelling.
Compression. Compression, or wrapping the injured or sore area with an elastic bandage, will help decrease swelling.
Elevation. Elevate the injured or sore area on pillows while applying ice and anytime you are sitting or lying down. Try to keep the area at or above the level of your heart to help minimize swelling.
In our personal lives, we can actually apply this alternative first aid healing process when we get injured. Allow me to render it this way:
Rest. Rest in the Lord. Take your hurt, your disappointment to God. Psalm 30:2 says, “O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.” Then, sometimes, we need to stop, change or take a break. Maybe stop something that’s not helping us – like an ungodly relationship. Or change an attitude that’s causing a conflict in the office. As C.S. Lewis said, “Pain removes the veil, it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul.” I believe God has a way of telling you telling you as rest in Him first.
Ice. So what’s the “ice” for an injured soul? John Newton said, “How sweet the name of Jesus sounds, In a believer’s ear! It soothes his sorrows, heals his wounds, And drives away his fear.” Apply to your heart a new song. Sing to the Lord. Worship. Remember Horation Spafford? He’s a minister. He gave up his life for the Lord. Yet, his three daughters died – all at the same time. A tragic life injury. But he overcame. He applied a new song to his heart. He penned the song, “It Is Well With My Soul.” So, sing. Reduce the swelling of your heart.
Compression. Wrap yourself with a godly community – mentors, family, and friends. Bandage yourself with their counsel, love, prayers, and support.
Elevation. Elevate the injured area above your heart. Allow me to put this way, don’t hide your pain. Don’t waste it. But rather, use it to bless others. Some of the greatest persons in history used their misfortunes, disappointment, and pain, to help others. Hellen Keller. Alice Herz-Sommer. Sam Berns. Their life injuries have literally become life healing to the world.