First Aid Kit
by Melanie Geenen
“The Ruach of Adonai Elohim is on me, because Adonai has anointed me to proclaim Good News to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound, to proclaim the year of Adonai’s favor and the day of our God’s vengeance, to comfort all who mourn to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that they might be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of Adonai, that He may be glorified”
(Isaiah 61:1-3, TLV).
Most of us have had cuts or injuries requiring a first aid kit. Why? Because first aid kits supply equipment needed to clean wounds, stop bleeding, and provide protection while we heal. God also supplies spiritual first aid to those of us suffering from the pain that comes from being part of a fallen world. This pain often stems from sorrowful experiences, many of which also impact us as writers.
I once dreamed I searched for a place to sleep in a house holding memories of childhood abuse. I went from room-to-room to sleep, but couldn’t find peace. Hence, I went on a vain search for safety. When I awoke, I attempted to understand the dream. Frustrated, I reached out to my husband to express what I felt. He held me as I poured out my grief, anger, and pain.
My emotions were directed toward the enemy of my soul who’d stolen much from me. Standing in my kitchen with tears streaming down my face, I decided God’s word would be fulfilled and what others in life had “…meant for evil against me; but God intended it for good…”(Gen. 50:20). I fought the desire to feel sorry for myself and concede to a victim mentality. It would’ve been easy, as it’s a common mindset.
As writers, we often find ourselves victimized by self-pity and the pain of disappointment. The enemy can target us there and inflict heavy damage to the best of us unless we depend on God’s intercession.
When my husband left for work, I sought the Lord for spiritual first aid. I needed God to take care of my wounds from the past. I needed Jesus, my ultimate physician, to apply healing balm and bind my emotional wounds. I also asked him for what I needed. Because he created me and knows me, I knew God could heal my broken heart better than I could ever imagine. Similarly, in our journey as writers we can take our brokenness to the Lord and ask him to heal us. In doing this, our mistakes and wounds won’t hold us back from our God-inspired writing dreams.
The Lord continued to remind me of the promises in his word. In the prophecy of Isaiah 61 (later fulfilled in Luke 4), Jesus declared, “I have come to bind up the brokenhearted.” The word “bind” can mean to wrap around something, to enclose or cover, and to take up and hold. I needed God to cover my wounds and to wrap himself around me. And this is the most powerful thing we can do as Christian writers; we can invite God into areas of our deepest hurt, pain, and discouragement. God alone can heal us and bless our writing with the health, perseverance, and perspective necessary for helping others. We can allow God to wrap himself around our writing careers.
Heavenly Father, we are wounded people in need of what only You can provide. We ask you to bind up our broken hearts and heal us from the past that would try to define and determine who we are. We thank you for the gift of writing and invite you to wrap Yourself around every word we pen. Amen.