“Our wounds are often the openings into the best and most beautiful part of us.”
— David Richo
What pushes us to please people? Why do we feel annoyed when people don’t thank or recognise us? Where does a sense for irreparable hurt come from? How do we feel when healing seems beyond us?
We may often wonder the source of our emotional problems.
Everyone has emotional problems; to be emotional is to be human. And whether we are dismissing in nature, or anxious, matters little. We all get emotional.
Our task, indeed our opportunity, is to come close to the recognition of the source of our emotional problems as a catalyst for coming close to the source of the solution: emotional healing.
We may not want to look at our problems unless we can be comforted to know there is a solution; that there is hope of healing.
Healing is a thing we need constantly; sometimes we need it more and other times not so much. But all of us need it.
To be healed, or better put, to progress in our healing, is to delimit ourselves from the source of healing—from Spiritual healing, through surrender to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Healing is necessarily a miracle, and miracles only come from God. We know we need a miracle because, we, of ourselves, could not do a thing about it. We have tried and tried and tried, to no avail.
Understanding the Source of Emotional Problems
We need to know the source of the problems lies deep within us, to the extent we can do nothing about it, of our own, because it is central to our humanity and to our experience of life—in being exposed to broken human beings.
Accepting that we are broken vessels, designed to be filled with the Holy Spirit, as a way of being healed, is the first and foremost thing we need to do. Brokenness is beautiful, because it opens the door to the salvation (healing) moment.
When we understand our emotional problems lie so centrally, that they have meaning well beyond our touching them, we understand only God can help us.
It’s only in surrendering to God all our emotional efforts, seeking his peace, committing to it that it be ours, that we can be healed—for the moment. And that healing process we replicate, moment by moment.
By our ongoing surrender we tap into the source of healing. The peace of God becomes our only effective substitute for the emotional problems lying deep within.
The reasons we are anxious or sad or angry or lonely may be so deep to be inexplicable. The source of our emotional problems is so deep we need miracles of God’s grace as the source of our emotional healing. This is good, because God’s all-powerful grace is accessible in the pure mode of surrender. We must work on our surrender.
Emotional healing remains as not so easy, but it is relatively simple when we master the sacrificial art of surrendering before God by the trust of a child, in order that we would be open to be healed in the moment.
© 2013 S. J. Wickham.