Have you ever noticed that a heartache is much like a wound? A wound requires time, nurturing and protection in order to completely heal. So does a heartache. You can’t rush the time that it takes for a wound to heal and you must apply the necessary ointment or medication to soothe and aid in the healing process. You must make sure you cover the wound, protecting it from dirt that may cause infection. And simply give it time to heal. It’s the same process when dealing with a broken heart. You must apply the ointment of God’s comfort to the heartache. This involves drawing closer to God by attending church, reading the Bible, meditating on what you read and praying fervently. Drawing closer to God will cover your heartache but you, too, must also do your part in protecting your heart. You must stay away from anything or anyone that can cause your heart to break especially the one thing or person that caused it to break. Going back to whatever caused your heart pain in the first place will do nothing but dirty it up all again. The dirt of doubt, fear, disappointment, anger and bitterness will infect your heart with much pain. It’s sort of like scratching a wound that hasn’t healed. When you do so, that wound will begin to bleed and the healing process is prolonged. Inviting things or people back in your life after causing you pain, knowing nothing has changed, will cause your heart to bleed. So you have to protect it. And you protect it by staying away from hurtful things or people. You protect it by clinging to THE PROTECTOR and that is GOD. The best ointment is receiving God’s love and comfort, applying it to the heartache. The best nurturing comes from reading God’s Word, meditating on it, praying to Him and having faith that whatever it is…..He will bring you through. He will heal the pain. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” (Psalm 34:18). Be Blessed. – S.L.M.