Recently I experienced firsthand how wonderful it is that God has built into our bodies the very complex ability for our skin to heal itself from cuts and scrapes. I fell in the driveway, hitting my head on the concrete. The result was what you’d expect. Blood, cuts, and scrapes across my forehead. Within a week, most of it was healed and replaced with fresh skin.
We take our healing for granted. Some people give “evolution” the credit, but healing is much too complex to have accidentally developed or to have slowly developed piecemeal. Without being fully functional from the start, people would have bled to death. Here’s a simplified physiology to prove my point.
When I cut myself, the injured cells release histamine to increase blood flow to the injury. The histamine also causes the small capillaries to leak out phagocytes to locate and ‘eat’ any bacteria or viruses that invaded my skin. Fibrinogen is a protein in the blood that is released at the site, and together with platelets, clotting takes place. New skin cells regenerate new skin. Blood capillaries are repaired. Soon the two sides of the cut are reattached, often without any scarring.
The process is just as remarkable when I break a bone. Immediately, the demolition cells (osteoclasts) begin to remove debris in preparation for the construction cells (osteoblasts) to form new bone. These magnificent processes didn’t evolve little by little; they were designed fully functioning by God.
Time heals abrasions, cuts, and breaks. But time alone is insufficient to repair broken hearts and broken spirits. These wounds remain much longer, and their pain is often far worse.
“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never harm me” may be a nice children’s rhyme, but it isn’t true in the real world. Words can resonate in our heads for a long time. Revenge doesn’t heal the hurt. Litigation doesn’t fully satisfy. Complaining to a friend doesn’t remove all the hurt. True healing of the deep wounds of the soul comes through a love-relationship with God through Jesus Christ. His love and forgiveness can heal every hurt, every woundedness, and every brokenness.
Talk to Jesus about your hurts!