For the past three months, I have been dealing with some intense shoulder pain. I have always disliked going to the doctor’s office because I felt like every time I would go there was nothing ever wrong with me. After weeks of sharp and deep pain within my shoulder, I decided it was wise to go see a doctor. After clear x-rays, my doctor diagnosed me with MDI (multidirectional instability). He then decided to send me to physical therapy to see if that would strengthen my taffy-like tendons and control the pain. Something in me was hurt and injured. Because of that hurt, I did not function the same. My arms could no longer be raised above my head and my shoulder could no longer bear the pain of lifting weight. The first step after recognizing that there is an injury is to work it out. I went to physical therapy for weeks; each time doing different exercises to help strengthen my shoulder muscles. I will not lie to you, physical therapy was painful. Week after week I would struggle my way through the exercises and be in more pain when I left than when I arrived. However, I knew that towards the end of this journey, I would begin to feel less and less pain. It would be freeing to finally control the pain and begin healing! After months of frustrating and discouraging doctor’s visits, I began to get stronger.
Church, we are broken. Once we realize that we are all broken sinners, we can begin the healing process. There are so many things in our lives that break us; divorce, abuse, toxic relationships, lust, pride, I mean, must I go on? This then causes us to not function the same as we did before the hurt. We begin to distance ourselves from those we love, by lying, cheating, being angry, or you fill in the blank. Yet, we must identify the problem and seek the solution.
God wants us to bring our hurts, brokenness, and pain to Him. Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” We are called to find accountability in fellow believers and seek the counsel of those wiser than ourselves. Galatians 6:2 adds, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.”
Now church, this is a painful process. We have to examine ourselves, really dig down deep, and work out the root of the problem. I often think we as Christians try to hide our brokenness or injury and ignore it. When we do that, we only make the injury worse. However, if we persevere and take our sorrows to the cross, we begin to feel comfort (James 1:12; Romans 5:3-5; 1 Chronicles 16:11). We feel healing. We feel freedom. We feel strength. Scratch that, we do not feel these things. We “are” those things – Healed. Free. Strong.