Frozen

I have learned a lot about scar tissue since my mastectomy last year…more than I ever wanted to know. Scar tissue is a normal part of the healing process, but it can turn into a “balled up clump of tissue” that restricts our movement and causes us even more pain. It has caused my shoulder to become frozen. It has caused hypersensitivity, so that even a light touch on my arm can cause me to cringe. I have difficulty pulling a fitted shirt over my head or reaching out my car window to retrieve my mail or use the ATM.

Many of us have scar tissue in our emotions. We were hurt and scar tissue has caused us to become frozen in our ability to relate to others. We have become frozen in some of our behavior patterns and are not able to respond in a healthy way. We have become hypersensitive, and if someone touches our scar, we react. Maybe your father abandoned you. Maybe your husband left you. Maybe you were betrayed by a friend. Because of the wound, scar tissue has set in and you have become frozen in your emotions. You have a hard time trusting people or allowing them to get close to you. Scar tissue has restricted your ability to have healthy relationships.

I am seeing a physical therapist who is helping me with my frozen shoulder. She is helping me to “remodel” the scar tissue in my shoulder. She is helping me to break up the unhealthy adhesions, to stretch the scar tissue so that I can have full range of motion. She is helping me to desensitize my scars so that I do not over react to touch or stimulation. She is teaching me how to stretch the unhealthy scar tissue so that it becomes more like normal, healthy tissue. It can be very painful at times. It is not a pleasant process, but I am determined that a little pain now will be worth getting my arm and shoulder back to normal healthy movement.

We can “remodel” our emotional scar tissue…the way we think and react in situations. We can stretch and retrain our thinking so that we can become normal and healthy once again. We don’t have to live frozen in our past. We don’t have to live with the ugly, lumpy scars for the rest of our lives. We don’t have to allow scar tissue to restrict normal movement and cause us chronic pain.

The Bible tells us that we can transform the way we think and remodel our frozen emotions by renewing our mind with the Word of God. We can change our unhealthy behavior patterns by learning and applying God’s Word in our life. Jesus said to “love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.” This is painful stretching of our frozen emotions. But it will remodel our scarred emotions and turn them into normal healthy emotions once again. It will be worth the pain when we can once again have full range of emotions and the ability to have healthy relationships.

My prayer for you is that you will not remain FROZEN from the past. That you will remodel how you think and react so that your scar tissue can become normal and healthy once again. I am determined to become UNFROZEN. I hope you will too.

Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Romans 12:2

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Comments

  1. Bethany Andersen says:

    What a great comparison.

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