|My husband with our youngest daughter|
Last night, a beautiful female woodpecker flew into our window. She survived; stunned and possibly wounded. My husband and I ran outside and he embraced her in a towel. When she started to come to, she leapt out of his embrace onto our deck. She could not fly.
Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful. Proverbs 27:6 (KJV)
According to Proverbs, we can count on being wounded by friends much like unexpectedly flying into glass windows. The good news is that Jesus sees all of us, every hurt, every joy; everything about us. So when we are wounded, completely stunned from impact, and we find ourselves unable to fly that’s the perfect time to allow ourselves to become embraced by our Heavenly Father. He is the only one who has the ability to see our wound and be able to bring true comfort during the healing process.
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Comforter, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. John 14:16-17a (NLT)
Unbeknownst to the woodpecker, she was in the safest place she could be; held in the hands of my husband wrapped in a blanket. It wasn’t until she panicked in her distress that she leapt out and attempted to fly.
Have you ever tried to “fly” before its time; before your wound has healed? I know that many times I’ve found myself wounded from a situation and then instead of allowing God to hold me I attempt to continue to carry on with life ignoring the fact that I’m wounded. Just like that bird, I tell myself, “I’m fine. I can handle this on my own. I don’t need anyone’s help. I’m going to just pick myself up again and continue on with life as if nothing happened.” Ignoring a wound doesn’t make it go away.
What is the solution? Forgiveness.
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)
Forgiveness can be a tough word but it doesn’t have to be. Forgiving someone doesn’t mean you are saying, “It’s ok that you hurt me”. Forgiving someone is a heart issue. It’s you choosing to say, in your heart, that you forgive and will not hold onto bitterness. Choosing to forgive doesn’t mean that what that person said or did was right.
Forgiveness is freedom for the forgiver.
When we choose to forgive those that hurt us, it allows our wound to heal enabling us to fly. Only in the embrace of our Heavenly Father can we find true peace and healing.
Have you currently been wounded by someone? How are you choosing to respond?