When we experience any kind of injury, our platelets are the EMS truck that rushes to the scene
. Whether the injury is internal where we can’t see it, or external, breaking the skin, the delicate capillaries are ruptured. Blood loss is a serious threat to our bodies, and platelets are God’s first response team whose role is to stop the flow and begin the healing process.
Platelets are irregularly shaped, sticky, colorless cells that survive only a few days. For that reason, we produce five million new platelets every second. As soon as a wound occurs, platelets and other substances rush immediately to the scene to block the flow of blood.
Platelets are the smallest and lightest of the types of blood cells.
For example, when a child falls and scrapes her knee, blood vessels in the skin constrict, and fibrinogen in the platelets immediately begin to form tiny threads. These threads weave together to form a mesh to hold the blood and keep it from flowing out of the body. In a few minutes, blood stops oozing from the scrape. As the threads harden in the next couple of hours, they form a clot. On the surface of the body, this clot is an eschar, more commonly called a scab. Over time, the healing process under the scab closes the wound and restores the tissues. If the child picks the scab off and reopens the wound, the entire process begins again. If she leaves it alone, the broken vessels and skin will heal completely in a matter of days.
This blood’s capacity to utilize platelets and clotting factors is the first step in healing.
Many sincere believers fail to appreciate the full range of the ways God heals.
Some never think about the spiritual dimension of physical healing, and a few misguided people insist that modern medicine is an adversary of God’s intentions.
There are, I believe, four ways God may choose to heal broken bodies:
- God has beautifully orchestrated human blood to stop internal and external bleeding, fight microbes, and heal hurts—many of which we’re not even aware.
- God has given the medical profession incredible advances in our understanding of the body, of the nature of diseases, and recently, into the mysteries of DNA. He often uses doctors to accomplish his will to heal our hurts.
- God still performs genuine miracles of supernatural healing. Though I’m a physician, I’ve often seen God bring healing when the person’s body and medical science have proven inadequate. There’s nothing wrong in asking God for a miracle as long as we don’t demand a particular response. It may take more faith to accept a no than a yes.
- There is coming a day when there will be no more sickness, pain, and death. Those who endured the most debilitating diseases will have, like all of us who believe in Jesus, “glorified bodies” (1 Corinthians 15:35-58).
Is a scab a sign of a wound or of healing?
Explain your answer.