“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)
Recently, I spent some time in the hospital. During my stay, I was transported from my room daily for procedures and testing. Each time I left my room, I saw a sign in the hallway that read, “Quiet, Please. Healing in Progress.” The first time I saw the sign, I thought, how ironic? My room was right by the nurse’s station and it was anything but quiet. When a nurse or doctor would leave my room and inadvertently left my door slightly open, the room became flooded with unwanted light and loud noise from the busy hallway. I remembered the sign outside, and I thought, how am I supposed to heal in a loud and distracting environment? When my door was left open, I couldn’t rest well, I was in pain, and I focused on the the conversations and things happening in the hallway as opposed to resting. However, when my door was closed, I was able to rest without distractions.
What are you allowing to distract you from your healing? You may not need physical healing, but in what area of your life do you need to get quiet and hear from God? Do you need to heal from a broken relationship? Did you experience childhood trauma that you mentally re-live everyday? Did someone or a group hurt you in church and now you refuse to attend? Whatever your “hurt” may be, stop focusing on the cause, get quiet, and focus on God. In what area of your life are you receiving negative advice or allowing someone to speak negatively over your situation? Guard your heart. Monitor who and what you allow to speak to your injured places. When we allow distractions---unnecessary noise, negative self talk, negative behaviors--to be the focus, we won’t be quiet in order to heal. What scripture are you applying to your situation?
God wants you healed and whole in every area of your life. Get quiet, guard your heart, and heal.
“Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.” 3 John 1:2 (NLT). Don’t allow distractions to stop your progress.
Quiet, Healed, and Whole,