In His Time
Has someone ever told you that pulling off a bandage quickly is better than pulling it off slowly? I have heard this since I was a child, and even today I prefer to just deal with the pain of quickly ripping the band aid off versus having to slowly pull away at the edges. Many will agree that dealing with extreme pain for the moment seems more appetizing than dealing with a slight less pain over time. Yes, it hurts for a few seconds, but then the pain is quickly forgotten.
A few weeks ago I was working from home when I heard my mom yell for help. I quickly got up from my desk and ran to her room to see what was wrong. Earlier that day she had been cleaning and, in the process, accidently broke a stone decoration. In her efforts to try and fix it, she had unfortunately glued two of her fingers to the stone with superglue.
As I surveyed the situation, I noticed blood coming from one of the fingers. She explained how she was trying to pull it off the stone and it tore a piece of her finger. Quickly we looked up ways to remove superglue and found that nail polish remover would work. We started the slow process of removing the uninjured finger, trying not to get any remover on the one already injured. Finally, after over one hour of pouring the solution over the finger and slowly moving it side to side, the one finger was free!
While we were working on freeing her hand, the thought came to me, “This must be how God patiently works with us.” 2 Thessalonians 3:5
You see, we all have areas in our lives where we need God to free us. We are all broken in some way, and need His healing. Whether it’s spiritually, physically, or emotionally, God is continually healing us and making us new. 2 Corinthians 5:17 For years I have heard many men of God try to wrap their head around why when one person comes to Christ they are quickly freed from an addiction or bad habit, while others seem to have to go through a lifelong process. Or why God heals some quickly and others through a slow process of medicine.
God knows us and He knows what we can handle. He knows our hearts and how fragile we are. Some people may need the quick ripping off of the band aid for them to be able to stand. Others may need the slow process which protects them from becoming further injured –like my mom’s finger.
Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience.
In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit’s mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose.Romans 8:24-28
Healing is a process and only the Creator knows what process is best for the individual. We must trust Him with ourselves as well as others. Isaiah 64:8