When I was working in athletic training there was always a lot of pressure to get athletes back on the playing field as soon as possible. This was a shared desire among coaches, athletes, parents, administration, and even the athletic training staff. One of the most common questions was, "What can you do to speed up the healing process?" The truth is that you can't speed up the natural process of healing. What you can do is create optimal conditions for the body to heal itself. You can work to remove obstacles that slow down the natural process and in turn set the athlete's body up for success.
When we suffer emotional, mental, or spiritual damage the same principle applies. We want to be healed from this trauma right away, but there is always a process we must go through.
What should we do to remove obstacles to healing?
- Work actively towards forgiveness
- Practice persistent & consistent prayer
- Have accountability with people we trust
- Immerse ourselves in Scripture
- Confess & repent our sins
While we can't necessarily speed up healing, we can work to eliminate things that will impede our forward progress.