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Stages of Wound Healing

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3

I was working in the garden the other day, and sometimes when I get going I am so mission minded that I forget where I am in time and space. Let me explain this further – I am clumsy and out of control. I do get things done perfectly well, but not without scratches and bruises. Does anyone garden without a few scratches?

Well this one day I hurt myself really bad, I was throwing things around and ended up scraping my arm off a piece of wood, and pain shot through my arm. I just stood there thinking, how stupid! How did this even happen? I waited for the pain to subside, looked down and saw a pretty deep scratch, but decided I could keep going and finish up. I thought well I’ll just go inside in a minute and nurse my wound. Well i looked at it again and it was bleeding like crazy, so I had to close up shop. I didn’t need stitches it was pretty minor compared to some injuries that can happen, but for me it was huge.

This wound is taking forever to heal, but nevertheless it’s healing. I’ve nursed it with peroxide, and polysporin daily.  I can’t even fit a band aid over it, it’s so long. I noticed it went through stages. At first it was bleeding, then it seemed to stop, then it became red and inflamed. It dried up a little and a thin layer of tissue seemed to build, and then  it started to look a little more normal. I am sure I will have a scar, which kind of upsets me but I’ll get over it. As I was sitting there thinking of my wound, I was reminded of how cool the process actually is. The design God put into place to heal us is absolutely fascinating. He put a process into place to heal us physically, but also spiritually. It happens in four phases:

HEMOSTASIS

The blood vessels constrict to help stop the blood flow. Then, platelets stick together to seal the portal of entry to the blood vessel. This all happens pretty quickly.

When one part of the body of Christ hurts, the rest feel it. They quickly respond to the need, and begin to nurse the wound of the hurting person. We all stick together like platelets to keep out further damage.

We need the body of Christ to succeed. To hold us up when we need it, to build one another up, and even praise us when we do well. We were not meant to live without our brothers and sisters in the Lord, this is why Christ created His church. I know I have tried being a Christian on my own, and it just doesn’t work. When you get together with other believers you are not only edified but you become stronger in faith. Just like a family.

“That there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together. Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

1 Corinthians 12:25-27

INFLAMMATORY PHASE

The blood vessels leak and swelling occurs. This prevents infection and stops the bleeding. During this time all the cells that have been destroyed or damaged, and harmful bacteria are removed.

When we come to Jesus, He heals us, but removes all of the old harmful things from us. Whether that be addiction, things from our past, our own insecurities etc. In otherwords He purifies us.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 1 John 1:7 

PROLIFERATIVE PHASE

The wound is built back up with new tissues and collagen.

Jesus doesn’t just heal us and leave us the way we are, He goes over and above and makes us an even better version than before. Collagen is a wonderful thing, it’s actually what most women try to create with all the anti-aging products out there. It’s a restorative protein in the body, and it helps restore every part of your body. Some of us lack this as we get older, so healing is not as quick as it once was and wrinkles begin to form etc. Jesus is the true healer; and by His stripes we are healed. He makes all things new, and you become a new creature in Christ. Old things have passed away.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

“Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17

MATURATION PHASE – This is the final stage. The wound is completely healed, and function is restored. The cells that had been used to repair the wound are no longer needed, and can be done away with. Everything settles.

The things you once turned for healing are phased out. Jesus is ready to make beauty from ashes, and turn us into a new creation, better than before. Restoring us to our once beautiful state repairing what sin attempted to destroy.

“And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten.” Joel 2:25

You might think I am too much of a mess for God to handle. Well nothing is impossible for God, He created us, He knows how to fix us. (Matthew 19:26)

Like the song “Clean,” by Natalie Grant says, “There’s nothing too dirty, that You can’t make worthy. You wash me in mercy; I am Clean.”

We are all dirty with Sin before Jesus, But He comes and makes us clean. He will make beauty for ashes; your life will be purposeful, and more beautiful than before. All this from a scratch on my arm! Well I hope you have gained something from this, and if you need healing today, simply call on the name of the one that can heal, He is waiting for your call – Jesus.

“To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” Isaiah 61:3

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