Been thinking about the process of healing lately and I was reminded of Felicity breaking her collarbone 5 years ago. She told me she fell out of bed, but she seemed ok — just a little sore. When I finally took a look at her shoulder, later that afternoon, it was black and blue. Her break was clean and very painful for her. She was brave, but needed to be seen by a doctor. About twenty days after that, she took her sling off and resumed her daily, sling-less life. The doctor assured me that Felicity’s collar bone, once broken, was now stronger than before.
When you and I choose to begin the process of healing.
WE ARE HONEST
Imagine if Felicity had just toughed it out and ignored the pain — said, “I’ll be OK. Don’t worry about me, I’ll be fine.” Well, she wouldn’t have been fine and the pain would have become worse.
WE GET HELP
All of the hugs I could provide could not replace Felicity’s need for an X-ray, a sling, some children’s ibuprofen, and a plan (that we followed) for physical healing from the doctor.
Felicity’s healing time would have been even longer if I had her ignore the reality of her injury and start gymnastics. Pretending something didn’t happen doesn’t mean it didn’t happen.
WE MOVE BEYOND THE INJURY
The only pictures of Felicity’s injury are on an X-ray. They are not hanging in her room. The topic of her injury comes up every once in a while, but never to fear her into moving forward and bravely taking on the next adventure. When Felicity was ready to take off her sling, I showed her that I loved her by putting the sling away and encouraging her bravery & strength.
10 year old Felicity doesn’t need to wear the sling or still talk about breaking her collarbone for me to believe it happened, or that she won’t forget. I know that she has healed from that experience because the X-ray showed that her collarbone was/is stronger than it was before.
And that is exactly what I am witnessing in her healing process from an even deeper injury. A beautiful young lady, whose life will without question be stronger than it was before.
“For I will restore health to you, and your wounds I will heal,
declares the Lord.” — Jeremiah 30:17