I’ve had this post in my drafts for nearly a month now, titled: “Healed.”

I have returned here frequently, to click on “Edit Posts,” then on the post titled “Healed.” Each time, I’m greeted by a blank white screen.

The cursor blinks, blinks, blinks. I write nothing.

I ask myself: How can I write a post about being “healed” when the healing isn’t finished?

So the cursor keeps blinking. I click “Save Now,” hiding a blank post titled “Healed” in a secret place.

For weeks, I would wait quietly for the moment to write it. I would wait for the day to celebrate healing.

Today is that day.

***

Almost four months ago, I was in a car accident on a snowy Iowa highway. The parking brake jammed into my leg, leaving a deep Y-shaped wound. It has been stitched, reopened, drained, restitched, poked, prodded and medicated. I have kept it elevated. I have applied bandages and doctor-prescribed ointments.

And I have prayed for healing. Many of you have prayed with me. Humbled, I thank you.

Last week, my doctor rolled up my left pant leg, took a look at my wound, shook his head and gave me his final word: “There’s nothing more I can do to help you, Jennifer.”

But he said he knew someone who could.

I knew Someone, too.

***

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives.” — Matthew 7:7


On Monday morning, this door was opened: G01, into the Wound Healing Center.

The wound-care doctor told me what I already knew: Something’s wrong. I wasn’t healing properly. This shouldn’t take four months to heal.

Perhaps an infection, he said, or achronic seroma.”

He gave me strict orders: wrap the leg — foot to knee — for two weeks straight. If the wrapping and compression don’t work, the doctor said he would surgically remove the seroma (an unhealed mass of tissue and fluid) from inside my leg.

So I wrap snugly, pulling tight fabric over my leg. And I pray. And I believe.

I pray — and I believe — this will be the last step on my journey to healing.

This door of faith has opened: “Believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” — Mark 11:24

My leg is wrapped. My hands are open. My knees are bent. My Healer is working.

On this side of the Fall, healing to the flesh sometimes comes slowly.
But on this side of the Cross, healing to the Spirit comes fully.

In that case, I am both healing … and already healed.

Today, there is no more blank computer screen, or blinking cursor on an unbelieving post entitled “Healed.” Today there is belief, and there is healing.

And there is this: PUBLISH POST.

I’m pushing the orange button now. For I believe.

***

By his wounds we are healed. — Isaiah 53:5

by | May 6, 2009 | 24 comments

24 Comments

  1. Wendy

    I loved this post. I believe for you, too! I liked how you wrote you knew someone too. 😀
    Praise God!

    ~ Wendy

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  2. LisaShaw

    Praise the LORD for Jehovah Rapha is our HEALER and by HIS stripes you were healed!

    I’m believing to see the manifestation also as it’s already done.

    Remain humble as you trust in the LORD.

    Bless you and thank you for sharing words that give others GREAT HOPE IN CHRIST!

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  3. christy rose

    I am so glad you published. And, I am so glad you are experiencing a growing faith that results in growing manifestation of His provision of His promise.

    God Bless you today!

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  4. Alleluiabelle

    Jennifer,

    What an awesome post. Yes, I’m with you sister in quoting the same scripture here, “Believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” — Mark 11:24 Amen!

    Your entire story of your accident from beginning up to now has been all from Him. He shows all through it and yes, now is certainly the time to push the orange “Publish Post” button. We believe and receive your healing along with you Jennifer in Jesus precious name. Amen.

    Love you,
    Alleluiabelle

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  5. sharilyn

    praying for a manifestation of the healing…

    no matter how this ends up healing (short [oops!too late for that one!], long, miraculous), you have been a shining witness for Him through the journey…

    thank you for showing us your heart… thank you for your words of faith… and trust… and inspiration!

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  6. Denise

    I join you now in believing! I wait in expectation!

    Shalom,
    Denise

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  7. Lyla Lindquist

    “On this side of the Fall, healing to the flesh sometimes comes slowly.
    But on this side of the Cross, healing to the Spirit comes fully.”

    Powerful words there.

    Fully, one of my very favorite words.

    I consider the snug wrapping He does with us as you do with your leg. One way or the other, the healing comes.

    Believing that with you.

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  8. mom2six

    Praying for you, believing with you. In Jesus ~ Nancy

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  9. valerie lynn

    AMEN Jennifer! Yes praise God for His Faithfulness! I am so happy for you! Your patience and your faith are inspiring to me. God bless you girl. Oh I got chills reading your post or should I say testimony! AMEN God is truly good!

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  10. janelle

    Jennifer, continuing to pray for your “Y” to heal.

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  11. Beth.. One Blessed Nana

    Wow – powerful. But that’s what healing is all about sweet one. Faith. Just reach up and touch the hem of His garment. And believe.

    You blessed me today,

    Beth

    PS My dad was born in Centerville, Iowa – I had just had to stop in!

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  12. elaine @ peace for the journey

    Thank God for his special touch on your body. We rarely understand on the front side of faith how it’s all going to pan out, but hindsight is alway a beautiful gift to buoy our life in the days to come.

    Rejoicing with you, Jennifer.

    peace~elaine

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  13. Billy Coffey

    And I believe, too.

    I believe that your pain has revealed wisdom that has brought joy to others.

    I believe that though your scars have yet to heal, you’ve been made whole.

    And I believe that though you’ve hit Publish Now, the conclusion has yet to be written…

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  14. Chris Godfredsen

    YHWH, Holy is Your Name!

    The Holy is making you whole, is healing you and continuing to fashion into all he wants you to be.

    May the “Y” never go away, tho!

    Grace and Peace!

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  15. Chris Godfredsen

    YHWH, Holy is Your Name!

    The Holy is making you whole, is healing you and continuing to fashion into all he wants you to be.

    May the “Y” never go away, tho!

    Grace and Peace!

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  16. Hope42Day

    If you believe, it will come true! And putting in the ultimate healer, Jesus, will never fail us. I too am praying and believing!

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  17. casey

    This is truly an encouragement for those with physical scars and those with hidden ones as well.

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  18. TUC

    “My leg is wrapped. My hands are open. My knees are bent. My Healer is working.” So nice, I really like this.

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  19. Andrea

    Jennifer, I praise God with you this evening for His healing power and grace! What an awesome Lord we serve!

    And how this healing time, a waiting time, must have strengthened your faith. God truly orders all our steps.

    Blessings to you, as you sit at his table and drink in God’s sweet mercy and eat His bread of life.

    In Christ’s Love,

    Andrea

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  20. Jennifer

    I feel moved to respond to each of you fine people for your kind words and prayers. It's humbling and overwhelming to be on the receiving end of genuine concern. THANK YOU ALL.

    Wendy, Christy Rose, Denise, Nancy, Hope42Day, Casey & Andrea — Thanks for your encouragement and for "believing with me." It means a great deal.

    Lisa — Good to see you again. Amen. By His Stripes I WAS healed. I love how you say that.

    Alleluiabelle & Sharilyn — You two are such encouragers to me. Thank you for your voices here. Humbled by your continued show of concern and sisterly love …

    Lyla — Ooooo. I loved this: "I consider the snug wrapping He does with us as you do with your leg." Ever since reading this, I've thought of that each time I've wrapped my leg. Thank you for that.

    Valerie Lynn — Thank you, friend.

    Janelle and Chris — You two already know how I feel about you and your prayers. You've blessed me here, and in real-life, more than you could know.

    Beth — Great example of faith in healing, touching the hem of His garment. Thanks for the reminder. Bless you…

    Elaine — I like how you say this: "Hindsight is always a beautiful gift to buoy our life in the days to come." So true.

    Billy — I can't wait to write the post that is a rearview window look at this deal. But I guess I never want to leave it so far back, that I forget it happened, right? Thanks for your continued encouragement …

    TUC — Thank you, sweet and "unknown" friend. 🙂

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  21. Groovy Mom

    I know the courage it takes to “release” a post like this. I’ve done the same thing, holding them and not wanting to release. I did that with my son’s operation the other day.

    I’m inspired and humbled by God’s work though you and by your willingness to put it out there and simply fall down and let… God. You are in my prayers and I am with you in spirit. Bless you, dear.

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  22. Charity Singleton

    There are many things I pray for that take a little faith — mostly because my interest in them is fleeting at best. A “no” is quickly passed by. But praying for healing takes great faith, because the prospect of believing in Jesus beyond a “no” seems really hard. And yet, all “no’s” to healing are really just a “wait,” or a different kind of healing than we realized we need. Praying with you.

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  23. prairie sisterchick

    I was riding to town today to run some errands and I was listening to Point of Grace….Heal the Wound. “Heal the wound and leave the scar”…..I just could not stop thinking about you and praying for the “Y”. God has placed His mark on you for a reason…you are forever His and always and are wrapped in His love. He will “heal the wound and leave the scar” when He is done using it for His great good. May you be blessed in this experience. You are special and you are His.

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  24. Julie

    May it be so, Lord Jesus, May it be so…

    I found you from Tiffany’s blog. It’s my first time here.

    It’s nice to meet you!

    Reply

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