I checked my phone after a long meeting and found several missed calls, voicemails, and texts from my son’s school and from my mom. “Gavin has hurt his arm and I am taking him to the hospital to have it checked out. There is no need to worry, but please get here as quickly as possible.” I knew two things from the tone in my mom’s voice:
1. She was worried.
2. His arm was broken.
And it WAS broken.
He had fallen on the playground at recess and broken both the radius and ulna in his left arm.
He spent Halloween in a red cast and dressed up like Superman. At a follow-up appointment, I looked at the x-ray and realized his bones were not going to set exactly straight. The doctor told me to wait and watch. He said the bones would not set straight, but that over time new straight bones would form. I was NOT convinced.
But on the doctor’s visit before Christmas, I saw what I can only describe as astounding.
Gavin’s bones looked straighter! This x-ray showed that new bone was beginning to form around the broken ones. It is not just that the bones were healing together – it is that new areas of bone were growing above and below and around the bone to make the broken places stronger.
God not only created us—He designed us to heal.
After Gavin’s cast came off (oh, happy day!), his left arm looked a lot different than his right. After months of not using those muscles, his left arm was much smaller and weaker than the other. It was about this time that Gavin was invited to a trampoline park birthday party. He was afraid he would hurt his arm again, but I convinced him that his arm was stronger now and that he should not be afraid to go play. He had a blast.
Months later, in the middle of a broken-hearted moment in my life, God began reminding me that He has designed my heart to heal too. I just have to remember to trust in Him, rest my broken heart, and allow it to heal. Time after time he uses the Word, friends, family, and even time to gather around my broken places and heal my wounded heart.
I found that healing my heart followed the same process that Gavin went through:
- Get to the doctor quickly. (Seek God)
- Let him set your broken places. (Surrender to God)
- Follow the doctor’s orders. (Trust and obey God)
- Isolate what is broken until it heals. (Rest in God)
- Use the healed part again. (Serve others)
Proverbs 3:5-8 says it this way, “Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding; think about Him in all your ways, and He will guide you on the right paths. Don’t consider yourself to be wise; fear the LORD and turn away from evil. This will be healing for your body and strengthening for your bones.”
Using what has been previously broken is never easy – it is usually painful at first. But you have to use that part again—AFTER you allow yourself to rest and heal. (more…)