First comes the cut.
I had a small spot removed from my foot two weeks ago. In the moment, it was mildly painful.
Next comes the healing.
The injury ends; the healing begins. The doctor bandaged the spot, gave me medicine, and advised me to keep the wound covered for ten days so it could heal with no irritation or infection.
So I hit the pause button.
Pause is a quiet place.
It’s that space where you’re still too hurt to run back into life full-force. You slow down (or totally stop) for breathing room, to respect the injury, and to allow a decent head start toward recovery.
Where are you bleeding? Have you been cut by a sharp word or attitude or behavior from someone else? Or maybe your own?
Does your wound need space to heal?
Jesus invites us to pause.
There is healing in the pause.
There is grace in the pause.
In the pause, we quietly open our awareness to the Lord’s presence. To his good plan for our future. To his loving embrace of our pain.
Our pause may be only ten minutes here and there. It may be longer as our situation allows. But the Lord awaits us in it.
The pause may not eliminate our pain or restore us to complete healing (yet). But Jesus fills our empty places with grace. With love. His love.
He’s the One who not only wants our recovery the most, but who also has the most power to transform our brokenness into a sacred scar of beauty.
My foot is almost totally healed now. I still wear a band-aid but I won’t much longer.
When we’re willing to pause, his grace expands the healing.
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Do you have a wound that needs healing? How do you hit the pause button? Please share in the comments.
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