1. to make healthy, whole, or sound; restore to health; free from ailment
2. to bring to an end or conclusion, as conflicts between people or groups, usually with the strong implication of restoring former amity; settle; reconcile
3. to free from evil; cleanse; purify
Humans often think of healing as a surface process. We see our wounds that have resulted from painful incidents and instantly want to cover them up, shamed by the fact that such experiences had the ability to bruise our being. We go extended periods of time with bandages veiling our scars, restricting the room for our hurt to breathe. The dirt is forced to linger in our bodies and ends up contaminating our souls with bitterness that takes years to fully cleanse ourselves of.
We become our wounds when we conceal them. We adopt a mentality of misery and sorrow when we deny our wounds their rightful room to breathe and heal. How then do we become intentional about our healing practices and finally uncover years of hurt and pain?
I personally talk about healing often, but I realize I have not even fully healed myself. I have a bad habit of holding onto things that hurt me, and I see the unforgiveness and bitterness seep out into my everyday life. I whisper weak, half-hearted hymns of forgiveness that lack potency and wonder why my pain still weighs as such a burden over my life. I have felt my soul beg me to release all of the hurt I allowed to occupy my spirit, but I have feared ripping the bandages off and revealing my bruised body. It came down to either confine and be confined or free and be freed. I chose to free myself. I chose to become boundless because I refused to become a prisoner to my pain.
We have to become more intentional about our healing, and that involves uncovering our wounds. We must face and make amends with our hurt. We cannot go our whole lives playing victim to our pain. There is so much freedom that comes with releasing what has hindered us for so long, but it takes courage to even begin.
Take some time to uncover your wounds. Explore them. Talk to them. Listen to them. Care for them with ease. They will guide you in the direction of healing.
It takes time, a lifetime to be quite honest, of journeying through this soul that has had its own share of peaks and valleys. Of cleaning up the ruins of brokenness. Of reconnecting with my home. I welcome and commit to this journey of intentional healing. I am unveiling this war that paints my being, knowing that the uncovering is the only means of finding genuine peace.