November 17, 2019 by Kgalalelo
It’s exciting just thinking about Christmas, my favourite time of the year; only thirty-seven days to go. I’m already thinking about my Christmas carols’ CD, the upcoming carol service on Wednesday evening at my daughters’ school, the Christmas movies I would be watching shortly, the Christmas tree I would be putting up with my children soon, reuniting with the family on Christmas day and the meaning of Christmas itself – the best gift of all, the birth of Jesus.
Anyway, on the not so positive side, though it’s a blessing camouflaged, my daughter fell on the sidewalk at school last week and she came home limping with a swollen foot which caused me to schedule a visit to the physician the next day. I was certain that the doctor would only refer her to a physiotherapist for a foot massage but we ended up going for x-rays which clearly showed a fracture on the right side of her right foot. This was absolutely unexpected and a huge surprise.
All of a sudden, the surgeon pulled a wheel chair and whisked my daughter to the clinic in the medical centre to get a plaster cast. She would have to keep it on for six to eight weeks which, when calculated is for the remainder of the year. My daughter was disheartened thinking about the planned pool party after the exams this coming Friday, meaning she would have to sit by the wayside as her friends enjoy swimming and playing in the water. We have to return after two weeks that the surgeon may assess progress; hopefully the foot would show some improvement.
We arrived home late from the medical centre as we had to go through all medical procedures and get crutches and pain medication from the pharmacy. It was a long and tiring afternoon. When I gave my husband feedback, he reminded me and confirmed by my daughter that this was the second injury on the same foot at the same spot. About two months ago she sprained the same foot during squash practice and we assumed that the swelling was as a result of a torn ligament and it was nothing major and so treated it with over the counter pain relieving cream.
The evidence from the x-rays meant that the fracture might have occurred then and my daughter had been walking with a fractured foot for three months without much complaint. She continued to play squash despite the pain and I thank God that the second incident was a call for attention. Had it not been of the recent fall, we would still have taken the matter for granted. Her complaint of severe pain and swelling caused her to limp as it was difficult to walk properly especially with the school shoe.
I have since learnt that when things resurface in one’s life, they come up to be healed and often enough we ignore the signs. It might not be a fractured foot like in the case of my daughter but an emotional or soul related issue. Most of the time, these are very deeply embedded in our hearts. The soul, unlike physical healing takes time, the wounds are often profound.
It could be something that happened in your life when you were young and we often block the pain through other means but because the chapter was never closed, the same incident will re-emerge when you least expect it. Something else will happen to remind you of the very incident that you thought you had forgotten and the only reason for it to show up is for healing, that you may move on.
Our success sometimes is hampered by the things that we are still holding on in our hearts and can’t let go of. When we forgive and release them, we gain our freedom back and are able to prosper because there are no hindrances on our path.
The promises of God are for all His children, however, we fail to lay hold of them because of the things we are still carrying in our hearts. Jesus repeatedly says to us, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
It’s a repetition and a reminder at the same time because whenever you open the Bible to Matthew 11:28-30, you will find that scripture there and Jesus with open arms.
In other instances, we repeat the same experiences until we finally get the lesson; the same event comes up over and over again that you may acknowledge it as a problem in your life, and only then can you heal it; and then again, once in a while, past experiences reappear to help you in your life’s mission and not necessarily to harass you including the memories thereof.
André Gide said, “You cannot discover new oceans unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore.” This observation is reflective and can help us who are still struggling with issues in our lives or trying hard to ignore them.
What you hang on to from the past, might hamper you from reaching your destiny. It means that we should not despise the re-emergence of deep-seated memories but rather ask the question, ‘why are you here?’ and then ask God to heal us. He says in Exodus 15:16, “I am the Lord, who heals you.”
There is no pain that God cannot heal and He does it instantly. I am living testimony of God’s mercy and grace. I’ve had my fair share of difficult situations that were not easy to let go of and therefore, suffered daily.
The thing about pain is that when you think about what happened to you, you do it now, at this moment, when you go to bed, you think about the incident and when you wake up, it awakes with you. This is not a good way of living and there is an answer, His name is Jesus. He says in John 16:33, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world”.
Jesus walked the earth and lived the same life that we do today and was faced with the same earthly challenges. He is, therefore, familiar with the tests and trials that we go through in our lives, including the full awareness of what happened to you years ago.
The files are ready with Him and He can pull them at any time, however, when that old record is pulled up, allow yourself complete healing by facing it and ask for help, surrender the matter to Jesus. He is the author and the finisher of our faith; the Bible says in Hebrews 12:2.
Everything starts and ends with Him. His door is always open and Psalm 121: 4 says, “Indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep”. God watches over you day and night. Someone once said ‘if you can’t sleep, don’t count sheep, talk to the shepherd’ for scripture stays “The Lord is my shepherd” (Psalm 23:1).
Footnote: Scriptures taken from the The Holy Bible, New King James Version, 1982: Nashville, TN, Thomas Nelson, Inc. & The ESV Global Study Bible®, ESV® Bible, Copyright © 2012 by Crossway. All rights reserved & The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.™ Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved worldwide. www.zondervan.com The “NIV” and “New International Version” are trademarks registered in the United States Patent and Trademark Office by Biblica, Inc.™ (2004). Holy Bible: New Living Translation. Wheaton, Ill: Tyndale House Publishers. he Holy Bible, Berean Study Bible, BSB Copyright ©2016, 2018 by Bible Hub Used by Permission. All Rights Reserved Worldwide.
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