By Dianna Hobbs
I let out one of the loudest screams ever.
The burning, stinging and aching sensation was overwhelmingly painful. Immediately, my face was bathed in tears.
I was simultaneous yelling, sobbing and hopping.
I couldn’t put my right foot down. The wooden board was attached to it, held securely by a rusty nail that had pierced clean through it.
Someone had to yank it out, which was excruciating beyond belief.
Unfortunately for me, prior to jumping directly onto the grayish, rickety slab, I didn’t notice it, or all the nails poking out. That failure to recognize
danger left me unable to apply pressure to the bloody, swollen, punctured area.
Once I arrived at the ER, still crying, I had no idea what the medical staff would do. The rusted piece of metal had been snatched out.
What else could be done? I wondered.
Well, after examining my wound and hearing what happened, the doctor determined that I would need a tetanus shot. He explained that, if I didn’t get one, I
could develop lockjaw-muscle contractions in reaction to the bacteria that may have been on the metal that penetrated my foot.
After processing it all in my 10 or 11-year-old mind, though I didn’t want to get a shot, I knew I didn’t have a choice.
Boy did it ever hurt!
It was like the pain in my foot was transferred to my arm, leaving it swollen, red, feverish and hard to move. But, unlike the injury sustained from the
wooden board, that prick was good for me.
It served to keep me from developing any complications or side effects from my mishap.
I liken the tetanus shot to God’s process of helping set us free of toxic relationships and negative situations we get attached to in one way or another.
The residual impact of contact and connection with unhealthy scenarios can be detrimental without His intervention.
Thank God for His power that keeps negative seeds from growing into major issues.
He neutralizes the impact of hurts, betrayals, losses, setbacks, disappointments, injustices and trials, so they won’t create that “lockjaw” effect,
paralyzing, stopping and holding us back from receiving all He has.
That doesn’t mean He stops the weapon from being formed, but He won’t let it prosper.
Although we would love for Him to, God does not always block the attack, but He does block the impact. He is a shield around us, protecting us from being
destroyed by the darts, arrows and wiles of the devil.
Whatever you’re going through today, don’t worry. God won’t let it destroy you. 2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NIV explains it this way:
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”
You may get wounded, but you won’t die from your wounds. God will sew up and bind up every one.
To remind you of this truth, I’m stirring Psalm 147:3 NIV into your cup of inspiration. It says, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”
When you drink down the contents of your cup, you will be reminded that God Your healer, provider, strong tower, defense, peace, joy, comforter and
deliverer will take care of you.