“Time Heals All Wounds”–or does it?

As we look at factors which transform, or help transform tragedy, into a positive, healing experience, almost at once time comes to mind. “Time heals all wounds,” we’ve all heard people say. We may have said it ourselves. There is some truth in that. When I look back on the death my sister, at 38, for example, I now feel nowhere near the intensity of anguish I felt at the time.

Job in chapter 42 is different from Job in chapter three. As time moves on, Job’s tragedies transform into health, healing, and a new lease on life. That takes time. One former client of my counseling ministry, a Hasidic Jewish man, insisted he suffered much longer that Job.

“Nine months,” he answered, when I asked how long Job suffered, but offered no supporting evidence. I don’t know how long it takes Job to move from chapter three to chapter 42, but much time passes. Like a lot of new clients in crisis, it takes a lot longer than they expect. Job, like many of my clients, expects a quick fix. Life’s not like that. Usually God doesn’t work that way, either.

There are situations, however, where by itself time doesn’t heal. In an emotional sense, for example, trauma can freeze us in time. Until someone comes to free us with support, insight, and grace, we’re stuck.

Let’s continue to examine other factors involved in the transformation of tragedy, Job’s and ours.

About Grose

Gordon Grose loves most to write, speak, and preach on the message of hope from the book of Job. Using drama, video, and PowerPoint, he has preached and presented this message of hope to churches around the country. Grose pastored three congregations 25 years, then served 12 years as a pastoral counselor in a Portland, Oregon counseling clinic. He now serves with Good Samaritan Counseling Services, Beaverton, OR. A graduate of Wheaton College (IL), Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, and Boston University, he comes from a rich and varied background in theological and counseling training. In 2015, Gordon published Tragedy Transformed: How Job's Recovery Can Provide Hope For Yours, a book about turning to Job for hope after tragedy. If you have experienced life challenges or personal tragedy, visit his Transforming Tragedy (gordongrose.com) blog to learn more. TragedyTransformed.com provides a sample of Gordon's speaking as well as an opportunity to purchase copies of his book.
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