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by PAULA ROBERTS HEALING Hope Spiritual wellness
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds”
Psalms 147:3

It was later one evening when three men entered the bush hospital where I worked. Two were supporting the third who kept one of his legs off the ground. Their sandals and clothes looked like they held the dust of miles. Briefly I noticed that one of the lame man’s friends grasped a well worn walking staff, and the other held a small can of coffee. (I mused that if I was going to trek through the bush for hours, I’d like coffee, too.) 

My interpreter wasn’t there, so I beckoned them with my hand to move under the electric light so I could see more clearly. The injured man’s ankle was only slightly swollen. Why, I thought, would these tough African men travel so far for a sprained ankle?

Then, as one of the friend’s poured out the contents of the coffee can, the situation became all too clear. A dead snake landed on the floor. I jumped back while my mind registered the reality of the situation: this wasn’t just a minor injury. We were dealing with a deadly snake bite. I needed to call the doctor.

Often when I work with women hobbled by pain, I can make inaccurate assumptions like I did in that bush hospital years ago (does anyone want some coffee?). I see or hear the hurt caused by her current circumstance, but I miss what is going on deep within her heart. I do this with myself, too. I blame my pain on what is going on around me, but I tend to miss if there is a darker current of sin running through my own soul. 

Our Great Physician is the only One who can see the whole picture. He came to heal the brokenhearted. He came to bind up wounds in such a way as to bring complete healing. Yes, He can use me (and you!) to be the friend that brings others to Him, yet I need to remember that no matter how much I want to help (or heal) myself, I don’t have that power. I need to call out to Jesus so I can see the whole picture under the light of His word. He is the only One who can heal the bite of the snake. 

Closing Prayer
Dear Healing Father, Thank you that you want to heal us from the inside out. Thank you that you know exactly what our wounds need, and that your Son was sent to heal those wounds. Would you help us to keep running to you? Would you help us kill the pride that would make us believe that we are responsible for healing? Would you heal? Thank you, Father. Amen.
Article: The Justice of God Brings Hope in Human Suffering by Paula Higuchi This article helps me to remember that God sees the pain of all, and that His plan is eternal.
Question for Reflection

What has helped you to remember that God is the One who heals?

Paula Roberts
May 15, 2024

I have a dear friend who is a counselor through education and is wise through God’s training. We try to pray and talk weekly via phone. Recently when discussing some issues in my own life she said something like “Well, I don’t have the answers, but I know we can bring this before the One who does.” It was a huge relief to remember that these messes aren’t mine to have to figure out and heal. He will show the way.