Last week I got a severe "bump in the night" when I walked into a protruding corner of two walls instead of into a hallway for a bathroom trip. The result was a gash over one eye that called for four stitches at the Emergency Room. When you have had an accident like that you just can't wait for the whole thing to clear up. You are aware that everywhere you go you are displaying an obvious sign that something went wrong and you have to be prepared to explain it... So, you just can't wait for the whole thing to go away...to be healed and look normal again. But healing takes time. What may have been caused in less than a second can take weeks to be restored. The process of healing is wonderful, however. The very fact that the body has the capacity to restore itself (with a little help from stitching!) is remarkable. And I am grateful for a hard head that protected my eye from damage.
Not all wounds are physical. We also need inner healing from relational injury and poor decisions we have made. But healing is once again possible as we "walk in right paths" and acknowledge our failures, with confessions to others and to the Lord as necessary. But just as it must take time for most physical healings, and there may be reminders like scars of those stumbles, so the inner healing may take time as well...and there may be consequences that serve as reminders to help keep us on track in the future.
It is good that generally speaking the healing process takes longer than the accident causing the injury. We have a time to reflect and make changes (like adding a night light!) and even the small embarrassments can serve as motivation to make better choices in the future!
Psalm 147:1,3-4 Praise the Lord! How good to sing praises to our God! How delightful and fitting!...He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds. He counts the stars and calls them all by name.