Wound Care 101 Revisited

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*This encore presentation of a post from 2008 will probably be new to most of you. Hope it blesses you!

Flip-flops are the perfect fun footwear — that is until you whack your toes on a hard, immovable object. Yes, leave it to me to find another way to injure myself. Don’t ask me how it happened. I’m not really sure. I wasn’t even walking fast. In fact, I was just taking a few steps across my office when my bare foot, clad only in one of my fave Old Navy flip-flops, met its match with the sharp metal bottom of the dehumidifier. The same dehumidifier, I might add, that’s been in the same spot for years. Go figure.

When the groans subsided from the initial blast of pain, I bent down to survey the damage. Two toes had been hit, and one was bleeding. Nothing major, but it wasn’t going to stop on its own. This was a job for Band-Aids. And since the toe was scraped at top and bottom both, it would take two of the sticky cure-alls to do the trick. I found out right away that binding up a toe when it’s hurting and surrounded by toes on either side (and one of those also whacked) is no easy job.

Today? A little swelling and bruising and just enough tenderness to make me ever conscious of keeping my foot well away from another object. If I had been just half as protective of my foot yesterday, I wouldn’t be groaning at the prospect of wearing shoes today. It was just one of those things I didn’t expect, though. I never saw it coming.

Sometimes life has a way of whacking us, too, doesn’t it? Out of the blue and in the blink of an eye, we are thrust into situations that leave us reeling from pain and gasping for emotional air. Someone we love, someone we trust, levels some words at us that cut us to the core. Or we get that dreaded phone call that forever changes our lives as we know them. Or we find out we’re no longer needed… at our job, in our marriage, by a friend.

As we survey the damage, we see that we are bleeding. But this time, it’s from the heart. And the pain is too deep to tend to it ourselves. We need our Savior’s help, His comfort. We need His healing touch.

If you are hurting today, I encourage you to call on the Great Physician. He will tend to your wound. He will pay attention to it. He will guard and protect it. Remember, He stands ready to help. Nothing catches Him by surprise.

“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 KJV

*How has God tended to your wounds when life has whacked you?

*Flickr photo by _rockinfree

Comments

  1. because i’m a little crazy, i’m always waiting for the BAD NEWS to hit. i know someday something horrible is going to happen, and i just hope whatever it is (a) happens to ME and not my kids and (b) doesn’t destroy my life completely. recently, i’ve been taking time to appreciate my life actively, noting that this time right now might be the best time of my life. all of our parents are alive and well, all our kids are healthy and perfect, we’re financially okay, i have wonderful friends, excellent spiritual companions. i know that when the BAD NEWS hits, God will get me through it, but that doesn’t mean it’s not going to hurt like a mammajamma in the meantime.

    • You’re right, Sarah. When life whacks us, it hurts like crazy. At least we can take comfort in the knowledge that God will indeed be right beside us during those times, binding up our wounds ever so tenderly. He helps us bear the hurt. Can’t imagine weathering storms without Him…

  2. Debbie Henry says:

    This was definitely worth reposting. Have you been doing this since 2008? Hard to believe!

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