Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rip off the Bandage

This week I was given a message from God through an episode that took place at home. My pre-teen son had injured his leg at school and one of the office staff gave him this rather large bandage to cover the wound. Later that night he wanted the bandage off. His shin was very sore and to touch it was even worse. He didn't want me to touch it and tried to take the bandage off for about and hour by himself.

He tried to peel the bandage off little by little and then he went and got his dad's tiny pair of scissors from the bathroom drawer. He would cut the hair from his leg that was attached to the sticky bandage. (Yes I said hair, my little guy is growing up). It took forever and he was in pain. I noticed that he was still working at it and I came into help. He said "don't touch it Mom, I know that you will rip it off". He knows me quite well. Not that I wanted to hurt him more, just that I wanted him to stop being in pain over it.

I told him to get a wash cloth and soak it with warm water and place it over the bandage and let it get wet. It will help get the adhesive to loosen up. He did and was still trying to work it off. He was struggling and was in agony over it. When he had his eyes closed in pain I grabbed the bandage and yanked it off. His eyes flew open in disbelief and in anger and then realized that it didn't even really hurt. He wasn't happy with me that I ripped it off, but was happy that it was off none the less.

After the whole ordeal he thanked me and went off into his room to put his leg up and watch a movie. I thought about it and realized that in life we all have wounds (not just physical) that we are covering up or put bandaids on in hopes to heal them or hide them. God wants us to expose our hearts, our wounds, our burdens and our sins to Him, that we are hiding behind the bandage, so He can heal them.

I have been hiding behind a bandage not wanting to open it up to God (even though He already knows everything about me, duh?). You can't hide anything from him and when we have a burden we need to give it to God. His message to me was to Rip off the bandage and expose your wounds to me and let me heal you. In order for me to heal I needed to expose them to God and allow him to work in my life.

Be Inspired to expose your wounds to God.

1 Peter 2:24 He personally carried our sins in his body on the cross so that we can be dead to sin and live for what is right. By his wounds you are healed.


Anonymous said...

Hmmm, good thoughts for me to ponder. Thanks for sharing what is going on in your heart too:) Love ya.

NEW FAMILY said...

I love that you are sharing your heart with us.This really touches my heart personally. It is so true that we try to cover our wounds. Sometimes I think we even try to hide them from ourselves. Thanks for the reminder Angie.