I lied and I need to take it back. I’ve consoled myself and others that it just will take more time to feel settled in after a move and that it will just happen with time. Truth is it take more than time.
A wound will heal in time but it also has to stay clean to prevent infection. Moving wounds up emotionally, sometimes sever, sometimes it is just some surface scratches. Either way there is a level of healing that must take place after the losses and changes experienced with a move.
Moving is a vulnerable time in our emotional and spiritual lives. With time, good attitude and reliance on God our wounds heal well and with minimal scarring. However an open wound is so susceptible to grime like anger, bitterness, fear, comparison, anxiety, disappointment, loss of identity, depression, and grief that infection often occurs.
No one can determine how long a wound will heal. There are factors like infections or repeat injury that can delay the natural process.
Exodus 15 introduces us to Jehovah Rapha, “I am the Lord, your healer.” The Israelite nation was in the midst of a major move across country and culture when bitterness and comparison crept into their hearts over not having fresh water to drink in the desert. They doubted ability to provide but despite their doubts and complaints God still demonstrated his ability to convert bitter water into refreshing drinkable water.
What grime has infected your emotions over your move? Where does your hope for healing lie? In time or in Jehovah Rapha, the healer? What area of your life and move has become infected? In God’s time He can cleanse and heal our wounds.
My hope and healing is in Jesus, who “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24