NO one likes it, but honestly, we ALL go through challenging times, so don’t skip God’s Recovery Room. Difficulty and struggle can strangle your joy, zest, creativity and love for life. You may just want to isolate yourself, hunker down, escape. Where is the solution, answer, healing, help, strength? You long to see the light, feel freed, and move on with life. You may actually be experiencing healing without knowing it because your next step is time in God’s recovery room.
Oh how the enemy would like to convince you that you won’t make it. Those piercing eyes, the menacing growl and snarling teeth may threaten you, but God promises He is with you and He will get you through. So put on your attitude of faith and expectancy. Know that you are in God’s hospital and He WILL sing songs of victory over you. After the “operation” is time in the RECOVERY ROOM!
God guides us through the struggle, challenge, illness, loss, pain, and tragedy. Our job is to keep our eyes on Him, take in the medicine of His Word, trust His hands to work and be obedient in faith. His eyes are Eternal Eyes.
I have been in a time of extreme pain for the last few months. At first I sensed the intense battle. I grew so weary of the pain, but I continued to fight for that attitude of faith and expectancy. And now, I’m clear I am in the recovery room. Healing is on the way, but there is a time of recovery I must go through.
So what happens in the “Recovery Room” in a hospital? How is it like God’s recovery room for us?
- When you first arrive in a recovery room you may be placed on a heart monitor and oxygen. In God’s recovery room, He makes you rest and get His Word, as oxygen, your breath, in the transition.
- The nurse may hold your hand and put warm blankets on you. When you are in God’s Recovery Room, you are assured that you have been brought safely through the ordeal. Friends surround you or angels watch over you.
- The patient in the recovery room might have to be held down if they are flailing as they come out of the anesthesia. They are reassured that the procedure is over but they need time in the recovery room. As God heals us, we may try to override His instructions but He will flatten us again if needed! We are in HIS recovery room! He’ll guide us. We can trust Him!
- The nurse may also apply ice packs, give you a drink with crackers and put on calming music. In God’s recovery room, accept an opportunity for renewal that will promote your healing. Whether you need emotional, physical, spiritual or mental restoration, clear your calendar for a period of rest. Play peaceful music, eat healing foods, read uplifting books, or watch inspiring movies. Bring flowers into your home, sit in front of the fire and spend time in God’s Word. Assign family members ways they can contribute to your healing.
- The nurse will encourage you to cough and take deep breaths. In God’s recovery room, you are encouraged to allow time to make sure the “toxins” are out and to take deep breaths savoring what’s around you. The focus is on your healing right now, not on everything that needs to be done.
- The recovery room nurse will allow family and friends to visit. God sends people into our lives who care for us. Let them!
- When it’s time to leave the recovery room, the nurse goes over your discharge papers with you so you know exactly what to do once you get home. You will still have steps to take to regain full health. Listen to God’s voice. Follow His instructions. Allow yourself time to heal completely. Don’t rush it – you’ve been through a LOT!
Whatever your illness, pain, difficulty, loss, challenge or setback, pray expectantly for healing. Then settle into God’s recovery room so you can be restored fully. The time is not wasted. It’s God’s way; be obedient. The payoff is fullness of life once again! Often, after the pain, then healing and extended time in God’s recovery room, you will experience a time of great productivity and fruit! So don’t skip God’s recovery room!