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Faith is a balm for any wound

My faith walk is a conglomeration of experiences. My family, my job, my life on the farm, going to the grocery store, my church life—it all plays into my faith walk because it seems God never misses an opportunity to teach me something. 

A couple of years ago He taught me the value of damage and recovery with my horse and her extensive wounds. They were external but the lesson for me was a lesson about the heart—how it gets wounded and the intense care necessary for recovery.

Our hearts are always exposed and the degree of that exposure has more to do with what we have been through than anything else. How close will we get this time? How much will we allow ourselves to feel? How much of a risk will we take? Or has our heart become so wounded with life experiences that we simply choose to feel nothing? It can, and does, happen. But this is not the only choice. Far from it.

When Ellie, my horse, had her barbed wire accident it was important to call the vet immediately. He assessed the damage and gave me very specific instructions on how to care for her. His understanding of horses and their unique wounds was very important for the treatment. Ellie had to stay in the corral/barn for an extended time having her bandages changed twice a day for the first several days. This meant she had to trust me with bathing painful open wounds, medication, and rewrapping, which I learned to do in such a way that it would never hurt her. As with all my out-of-the ordinary life experiences, a spiritual application was to coincide.

As I applied medication to Ellie’s wounds, God began to teach me about the spiritual Balm of Gilead, Jesus, applied to our own deep wounds inside. The Balm of Gilead, a balsam oil, was well known in antiquity as a rare, fragrant and intoxicating ointment with healing properties bordering on the miraculous. It was extremely valuable. Even now, as then, it is used to treat snakebites and scorpion stings among other things.  For our hearts, Jesus is this balm. He deals with the greatest wound we have... sin. And he deals with it completely if we will let him. We all have the same disease. And Jesus is uniquely qualified to treat, and cure, us.

It took Ellie about a year to heal completely from her wounds. Patience and daily care on my part, and a willingness on her part to submit to it were both necessary to complete the healing. We are the same. Jesus, and our growing relationship with him, brings this healing to our hearts. We must accept that we have this wound in the first place, to submit it to the physician if you will. We do have a choice. That’s where the healing starts and we can become whole again. 

If you have a relationship with Jesus as your savior and healer, then you are on your way. If not, I encourage you to pick up a Bible and start getting to know this amazing savior Jesus by beginning to read the Gospel of John in the New Testament. He is there, waiting, with balm, bandages, patience, and love just for you. 

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Kathy Osborne Kathy Osborne is the editor of the Co Op Country Store's newspaper, the Co Op Round-Up. In her spare time she checks in on her three grown children, or listens to her husband play music.

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