Last year around this time I got my nose pierced. I was obsessed with keeping it clean . My piercing looked fine from the outside, but it was painful on the inside.
I finally went to a professional to have them take a look. Although everything look fine, I could tell I wasn’t healing because I was experiencing pain. I was instructed to “leave it alone” and to “stop touching it.”
These instructions came with the warning that it would begin to look worse, but that was the indication that it was beginning to get better. When left alone, it would in fact completely heal. I was warned that an unattractive red bump would form right above the piercing. It was explained to me what all the moving and incessant cleaning had actually done. Each time I moved the hoop I reopened the scab. It had happened so much that a scab could no longer form.
That scab turned to scar tissue. It didn’t have anywhere to go except outside, where everyone could see it. It was there on my face, a big red bump. I hated it. It was in that space that God broke through and met me.
He told me that I just HAD. TO. STOP. I needed to stop messing with it and trying to cover up the wound on my face, and also the one in my heart. He spoke clearly and this is what He said.
“I am going to expose you so that I can heal you.”
Healing comes when we throw up our hands in surrender and relinquish our control of what the healing process actually looks like.
As part of the healing process, each night I would soak my wound in salt water and put oil on it to seal it. The next morning a layer of scar tissue would peel away.
It is God’s promise to us, that if we stop, if we take our hands off, He will heal us. When we are exposed and those hidden things come out, because they need too, it is then, that healing comes. Because it is then that we are ready. The invitation for healing is extended to each of us.
God, give us the strength to rest in your presence.
You are faithful to heal us.