What does “wounded” mean?
The dictionary defines wounded as:
wounded/ (ˈwuːndɪd) /
- suffering injury or bodily harm, as a laceration or bullet wound:
- to bandage a wounded hand.
- marred; damaged; impaired.
- a wounded reputation.
- suffering from wounds; injured, esp in a battle or fight(as collective noun; preceded by the).
- the wounded (of feelings) damaged or hurt.
Are you walking wounded from the challenges life has thrown at you?
Life is tough all by itself, but 2020 has been a year of extreme highs and lows. No year in my life has been comparable. Similar to many of you, I have literally lost loved ones to COVID-19 and other health complications. I’ve had family and marital struggles along with financial ones. I’ve had times of being extremely happy and other times so sad and low. This year, I’ve had low points that I didn’t think was possible for me, because I am usually so positive, looking at life with optimism.
I am walking wounded, but not as you may think; not without hope.Author Tara Tucker
I am physically wounded which caused emotional wounds. Life as I knew it was changed forever which caused frustration and confusion. I live with Lymphedema (see picture) which is a condition I was diagnosed with after my double mastectomy in January of 2017.
Lymphedema occurs when lymph fluid collects in the arm (or other areas such as the hand, fingers, chest/breast, or back), causing it to swell (edema).
The swelling may be so slight it’s barely seen or felt. Or, it may be so great growing very large. In my case, my hand and arm can get twice the size at times.
In severe cases, such as mine, Lymphedema can cause pain and limit movement. It is also frustrating to have one arm larger than the other. It affects what I can wear and what work I can do. Sometimes, even affecting how pretty I feel. Because of having Lymphedema, and getting bitten by mosquitos in the affected arm in July, I contracted Cellulitis, which entered my bloodstream and sent me into Sepsis Shock. Twice the doctors told me that I could have died. If my husband hadn’t brought me to the ER when he did, “I would have died at home.” And again when my kidneys failed as a result of the treatment for Sepsis, as they were failing quickly at an “alarming rate” per the doctors, they gave me 3 days before I would die. I kept “fading to black” and still I don’t remember much of the beginning of my arrival there.
I spent 11 days in the hospital and needed additional recovery time once discharged. Yet what happened to me, while wounded, is a peace and a realization that whether I am here in the body, I am with God. Whether I am out of the body, I am with God. I was in a good position, even though naturally, I wasn’t.
I am deeply wounded, having battled one thing after another for the past 7 years.Author Tara Tucker
Why Am I Sharing This?
I am sharing this to encourage you because we are all “doing” life together. Some of you have or have had health problems, or have loved ones who have. Daily people are being admitted and discharged from hospitals. While others don’t leave at all, which is a somber reality.
There are so many facing emotional and mental wounds, yet walking daily trying to cope and hang on. Many have taken action and sought out therapy. You see, we are all walking wounded in some form or fashion. Yet some of us are walking with hope while others have no hope.
Hope makes all the difference. Hope allows you to walk trusting God, not in yourself. It allows you to walk by faith and not sight, knowing your wounds have already been covered and ultimately all will be well. Jesus, when He died, covered all of our wounds. He made us whole. The punishment that He took, allowed us to have peace in this chaotic world. I am forever grateful for His sacrifice and the love He and the Father have for us.
But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes, we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5)
The key here is to receive what He has given us. Receiving His love and the wholeness that belongs to us because of what He did. We are not without problems, neither will we be. The word of God says at John 16:33 that we will have tribulation but to be of good cheer because Jesus has conquered the world. We are conquerors because He is. And the only way to receive that and other promises is to believe them. We need to believe He is and that He is the rewarder to those who diligently seek Him. Belief and faith in God is the only way, not only to please Him but to make it in our right mind in this world. I’m serious. I would have lost my mind through many of my trials and losses if I didn’t believe in Jesus, His death and resurrection. I’m still standing because of Him.
Don’t Let Your Wounds Lead You
Don’t operate or make moves from a place of hurt or even fear. Operate from a place of victory; A place of thriving; A place of knowing the troubles in this life don’t compare to the glory that will be revealed in us. My physical condition is for life unless the Lord heals me. Currently, there is no cure for Lymphedema. That’s fine, I’m in this world but not of it. Gods Grace is sufficient and He is with me. This I know.
Whether I stay in this state or not, I will still follow and obey Him. I will still press towards the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. I have work to do, so my focus is on things above. Even still, I must be mindful of taking care of myself to the best of my ability being a good steward over my body and what He has put in my hands to do. I do what I can and the Lord will make up the difference. That’s in all circumstances. Do what you can do, when you can do it. Don’t get in God’s way. He can do what you can’t. Let faith lead you. Faith requires focus, not reason.
Trouble don’t last always. Even hearts heal. It doesn’t seem like it when we are in the thick of things, but they do.Author Tara Tucker
Many of us are mourning the loss of the life we once had prior to COVID-19. That’s real. We are now living a “new normal” and we must adjust. We can’t go where we want, be with who we want and we must wear masks everywhere. Who would have thought it? One thing that is constant in this world is change. But with God, we know there is no variance or even a shadow of change. (James 1:17) He is the same yesterday, today, and forever, Now that gives me peace, hope, and joy. No matter what happens in this world, we can count on Him! (Hebrews 13:8)
Much is occurring in our world, but much more lawlessness, political unrest, strange and destructive weather patterns, and even demonic forces manifesting is yet to come. Even still there are further end-time events that usher in the beast system with its mark coming (Read your word). With that being the case, know that you must get ahold of yourself now. Because if you can’t run with the footmen, as it says in Jeremiah, when the horses come, you won’t stand a chance. I’m speaking to myself also.
We get temporarily knocked down, sure we do. However, the key is to get back up, if not physically, mentally, especially during these tough times. Fight those negative thoughts that I know come to you. Reach out to family and friends who you know will pray, and keep going. Isolation is not the answer to your wounds. God is. His kingdom is, with its culture of righteousness. Being with others who love God as you do, is. Rest assured that as this darkness rises, our light will continue to shine even brighter. Don’t count God out! We win!
I am MORE than a conqueror and so are you!
My life is a testament to the saving grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. He is a keeper.Author Tara Tucker
Don’t Just Function, Thrive!
You may be walking wounded but you can still thrive! Every day, check yourself. Check to see where you are. And yes, you can thrive in one area and struggle with the next. Such is life… You may be thriving financially, but your marriage is on the brink of separation or divorce. You could be thriving in all areas of life, but your children are wayward, etc. You could have so much going on for you, but being in quarantine and COVID has you mentally and emotionally unstable. Trust God with those areas. Don’t even focus on past failures. It’s possible to thrive, even now.
These are some aspects you’d expect to see in the life of a person who is thriving:
- In peace
- Having boundaries
- Positive mental attitude
- Making decisions
- Has a positive circle
“Rest and self-care are so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel.”Eleanor Brownn
We live in a fallen world with a fallen nature, and our only hope is Jesus. Because of this nature, we are all impaired in one way or another; mourning death and life. Consider refocusing with an understanding that there is a time for everything under the heavens. (Ecclesiastes 3) This may be a time for you to mourn or a time for you to rejoice. There are those who are in a season of harvest, and others planting. Although COVID-19 is happening to us all, we still have other individual issues going on that aren’t related to COVID.
When I was facing death, initially I was scared. They told me I had to get emergency dialysis to live. “How many testimonies do I need?” I cried to the Lord. Holy Spirit spoke twice during my hospital stay. To whom much is given much is required, and suffer and reign. Amen Lord, amen. To the glory of God, I ministered to 3 people during my hospital stay, and it was miraculously amazing. Only God! God is soo good. He not only moved in me, empowering me to speak to others, I left the hospital less attached to the world, the “rat race” and people with their expectations; less fear in general and a deeper understanding of who He is and what my assignment is at this time.
With all of this being said, I pray that you are encouraged to move ahead in courage and hope, even as you walk wounded. Trust HIM. God is faithful.
If you don’t know God, I encourage you to pray to Him in all sincerity. Repent for all you have done and ask Him into your life, then get baptized. Each day isn’t promised and when we leave here we are going somewhere. Don’t you want your “somewhere” to be with God? He promises eternal life with Him and that is great news. As I stated earlier, faith requires focus, not reason; focus on Jesus Christ.
Listen, I’ve never met a strong person with an easy past or life. Have you? We go through. But it’s to the glory of God. We go through to help prevent others from the same woes. We go through to encourage those who are in the same situations we found ourselves in and to show that all things are possible to those who believe, and nothing is impossible with God. He says that all things work out for good to those who love Him and called by Him.
I leave you with this: Love God and love people.
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