A physical therapist shares the parallels between physical healing and the way Christ heals our souls. These similarities can help us in the process of our own spiritual healing.
- Be diligent. Patients who consistently do their exercises heal over time. Just as each patient progresses, with diligence, we too grow spiritually, little by little (see 2 Nephi 28:30). The Savior teaches us to be diligent and to keep “exercising” faith, forgiveness, patience, and charity.
- Don’t compare. All of us have different personalities, different upbringings, different strengths and weaknesses, and different life experiences. How can we compare ourselves fairly to each other? We can’t.
- Rely on Christ. There is no pain, illness, or hardship that He doesn’t know. He stands “all the day long” (2 Nephi 28:32) with arms extended and beckons us to lean on Him.
- It takes time. President Howard W. Hunter (1907–95) said: “Developing spirituality and attuning ourselves to the highest influences of godliness are not an easy matter. It takes time and frequently involves a struggle” (“Blessed from on High,” Ensign, Nov. 1988, 61).
- There is help. Our Father in Heaven hears our prayers. Our Savior Jesus Christ is the Great Healer and individually assists us throughout our “spiritual rehabilitation.”