Brokenness is a collectively shared human experience. Our lives have all been touched by broken things; broken hearts, broken relationships, broken minds, broken bodies…
Can what was broken ever be put back together again?
Sometimes, the answer is no. Sometimes broken things are completely out of our control and must be placed fully in the hands of our almighty Father God.
Other times however, healing is entirely possible. When there are variables that we control in our situations, we can claim power to change and heal with the ever-present help of God.
It is safe to say that nearly all of us will experience a healing journey at some point in our lives. Whether your journey is emotional, relational, physical, or spiritual, here are a few things to keep in mind about healing.
1. Healing looks different for everyone.
No one will have the same journey to healing. Your journey is absolutely unique to you. Humans are incredibly unique and individual in how they process information. Keeping this truth close will free you from the weight of comparison. Your progress in healing doesn’t need to look like someone else’s progress. Friend, celebrate your journey for what it is and stop comparing yourself to someone who isn’t even walking your same path.
2. Healing is not linear.
Healing will not always look like steady progress. You may take a step forward only to find yourself falling two steps back. That is just fine, friend. Healing is a journey over mountains and through valleys. Don’t get discouraged if your path to progress is not the straightest.
3. Healing hurts.
Healing is hard. Claiming control, processing emotions, fixing relationships, it’s all hard work. And it’s probably going to hurt. I don’t want to discourage you from walking the path of healing. I just personally find a lack of realistic perspectives on the topic of healing. It takes effort. It takes time. It takes energy. But it is worth is.
4. Where there is hope, healing is possible.
Stay hopeful, friend. Hold onto hope like your life depends on it. Cling tightly and never let go. Hope is the most powerful ally of healing. When you have hope, you can actively look for things in your life that you can control. When you claim control over your life, you can heal.
Wherever you are on your healing journey, I hope that you are encouraged by the help of God and the hope of those who have gone before you.
God is powerful and sovereign over your struggle. He is the healer.
He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.