God Can Only Heal What You Reveal
Kimberly N. Alleyne
The Harvest Magazine, Publisher and Editor
To the frequent frustration of my Mom, I was quite a tomboy as a child. I never met a tree that I didn’t try to climb, and as a result, it was common for me to sport scrapes and bruises. I remember the treatment process: alcohol, peroxide, ointment(sometimes), and a Band-aid. I wore my bandages with pride because it signified that I had endured something and won, that I was tough. Eventually, I’d peel the bandage back and stare it. Ultimately, the wound healed faster once I took the Band-aid off. My wounds needed to breathe, and the longer they were covered, the longer they were deprived of the oxygen they needed to repair themselves.
Do you think that’s weird? I do. It would seem the reverse, that a wound best heal under a covering… But when I look through another lens, it becomes clear that spiritual wounds definitely need to be uncovered to heal. Here’s why:
God can only heal what we are willing to reveal to Him. Doesn’t He already know what and where our wounds are? Sure He does. Absolutely. He’s omniscient, so He knows all. However, it’s not a matter of what He already knows. There is power in baring ourselves to Him. He longs for us to tell Him where it hurts because in doing so, we show that we trust Him and His power to heal us. Think of the blind beggar, whom Jesus met on His way to Jericho. “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus asked the man how He could help him, and the beggar replied that he wanted to see. Jesus let the beggar know that he had received his healing because of His faith. The blind beggar would have never been healed had he not told Jesus what he needed, and believed He provide it. Luke 18: 35-42
Exposure is a necessary part of the process. Exposing ourselves is hard. Maybe it’s so hard because renders us vulnerable, and that’s a scary and awkward place to sit in. When we say to God, “Lord, it hurts, please help me,” that moves Him as it would any father. No father want to see his child in pain, especially when he has the power to end that pain. That’s who our Abba Daddy God is. In our exposure, we acknowledge that we are not superheroes who have superhuman strength, don’t bleed, and rarely lose. We bend and we break. And we can do nothing except by God’s power and grace. When we expose ourselves, we humble ourselves and God says in Matthew 18:2-4 that “whoever humbles like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” God exalts the humble.
Transparency propels us into deeper intimacy with God. There is nothing we can ever hide from God. Again, He is omniscient. The entire universe sits in the palm of His hand, so of course, He knows all that’s in it. But there is something about baring ourselves to God in complete [spiritual] nakedness that frees us, and also frees God to move as He chooses. It signals to Him that you are ready to get real with Him, that nothing more matters to you than being completely honest with Him. Pride cannot dwell in transparency. And that’s a great thing because God does not take pride lightly. James tells us, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” James 4:6 In our transparency, we acknowledge our pain, our discomfort, our frailties…and God comes running whenever we do so. We don’t make ourselves vulnerable through transparency for the sake of it. There is a purpose. The more transparent we are with God, the more transparent He is with us. This is what true intimacy looks like, and is what God cherishes.
Confronting our wounds end their rule over us. The experience of heartache, deep spiritual wounds, or the strangle of strongholds is often difficult to get over. So taking the step to actually confront our wounds rather than nursing them, is a step toward freedom from bondage and fear. Why? Because when we acknowledge the wound, we then inevitably acknowledge the root of the wound. The healing has to be applied to the cause of the wound, as well as the manifestation of that cause. Otherwise all we’re getting is temporary, surface healing. When we confront our wounds, we crush the urge to be a victim any longer. Confrontation also ends the cycle of recurring wounds in our lives. When we find ourselves in a pattern of heartache in the same area over and over and over again, it is because we have not confronted the root of the wound. Until we do that, our wounds will stand firm.
We relinquish control –albeit false control– when we surrender. The truth is we are never really in control. God is sovereign and this is His world. But when we reach the end of ourselves and acknowledge that we are helpless without God, and acknowledge Him as the Great I AM, big things start happening. God is not in the co-pilot business, so as soon as we stop trying to drive and control the road that He designed, things get much easier. Our lives are created by His blueprint and we are His fearfully and wonderfully children. He is always with us, and always ready to help; but He can’t help if we don’t get out of the way. In times of battle and war, whenever a side was ready to give up, had grown tired of fighting, or determined that they didn’t have the resources they needed for the battle, they would put their hands up as a signal to the opposing side. In the same way with God, when we put our hands up and surrender all to the Lord, what we are really saying is, “God, I give up. I can’t do this anymore. I don’t have what I need, but You do.” Our surrender shows our desperation for God to intervene, and He is true to His word that before we call, He will hear us, and while we are yet speaking, He will answer. Isaiah 65:24
God is our oxygen. He breathes life into us, and saves us. He is Jehovah Rapha, and only His breath, His touch can help. But we have to take our bandages off so He can apply His salve and virtue. It is such a wonderful experience when He breathes on us. He makes all things new—and well.