“Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives.” Matthew 9:35
Last week while shopping, my Contigo mug fell out of my purse and made a direct hit on the first joint of the toe next to the big toe. The mug was full of tea, and with its sharp edges, it felt as if the joint had been smashed or broken. Immediately, it began to discolor. The pain stopped me in my tracks.
Think of all the times your body has been wounded by cuts or bruises. If every bruise we received since childhood accumulated and remained on our bodies, it would look as if a tattoo artist had gone mad. But God created an amazing body. The moment there is damage to the skin or any other part of the body, it tries to heal itself, and with time, most minor injuries scab over and fade away.
Bruised egos and emotional wounds must go through a healing process too. If the wound is deep enough, it may heal on the outside and need additional help. We can ask Jesus, the great healer who had a few scars of his own, to help us heal.
Five days later, my toes no longer hurts, but the deep red bruise remains to . remind me to be more careful next time I carry a heavy metal object in my purse.
Lord, help us heal all our wounds. Amen.