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Monday, October 27, 2014

Choosing To Heal Is The First Step

Michael W. Smith’s "Healing Rain" is a song that has spoken to me for a number of years. I believe that this is truly an anointed song. Michael repeats over and over again “healing rain is coming down, healing rain is coming down, don’t be afraid, don’t be afraid of healing rain.”

On a cognitive level, why would someone be afraid of healing? Healing is good, right?

I once spoke with an elderly person who had a broken elbow. She had been experiencing significant pain for several months. She went to the hospital to have an operation. After she got there, she could not follow through with it. She told me it was too scary. Her fear of going through the healing process kept her from healing.

This is an example of physical healing. Even with all the medical breakthroughs of pain relief and minimally invasive procedures, her fear paralyzed her.

I believe that the fear of emotional healing is even greater. Emotional healing is a matter of the heart. Broken hearts are difficult to mend because the brokenness goes deep. And for many of us who were unable to escape from a situation or who make the same choices again and again, the hurt has been repeated and has left scars.

The brokenness is also associated with tremendous fear and trauma. As Jesus ascended to Heaven, He promised to send a “counselor” to help us in our time of need. (John 16:7-8) That is the good news.

However, just as my friend was afraid of going through the healing process for her broken elbow, we are often afraid of utilizing the many resources we have available to us to help us heal our broken hearts. Yes, there will be pain, but your pastor or another professional such as myself can help ease your way through the healing process so that you can face life with love and gratitude.

“Healing rain” comes in different forms. God has a plan for your journey. Seek counsel of others of like spirit and like-mindedness. Find the safe place God has for you while here on Earth. God loves you. He will put people in your life to provide a safe environment so you can heal. God cares for us as a father cares for his children.


Ken Thom, MS, LPC is a nationally recognized Christian counselor and writer. He is available for parent and individual coaching. Ken is a Post Institute Certified Family Regulatory Therapist, Certified Coach and Great Behavior Breakdown Instructor as well as a certified BCI parent trainer. Ken's book Christian Parent Wisdom is a daily scripture based medication book for parenting children with challenging behaviors. Contact Ken.