A band-aid is a fix-all for almost any child's hurt. I always looked forward to having grandchildren. My plans being to keep a various assortment of band-aids on hand to soothe any "ou-ees." There would be various types for various hurts in various colors, sizes and shapes - ones displaying animals, birds, cartoon characters and who knows what else. I felt that band-aid dispensing was a requirement of "Nana-hood". Oh what fun! Me, gladly heeding each grandchild's request for an adhesive strip stuck here or there; in fact, a whole box, stuck everywhere, if they'd like.
I would then visualize their parent's reaction when picking them up from Nana & Papa’s - a ribbon of "hurt helpers" running up or down an arm or leg, or maybe both. Best of all, I wouldn't have to remove the sticky marks left behind after the band-aid was removed - that would be their mother’s job (i.e., mothers know how to remove anything with a little rubbing and scrubbing until the skin is medium rare - right?).
Amazing the comfort band-aids are for a child’s hurt. As adults, many of our hurts cannot be taken care of so easily. I have often asked the Lord, how many "ou-ees" are required in a lifetime? Hurts that can’t be fixed by applying an adhesive strip - deep wounds with the potential to leave tremendous scars. The psalmist David wrote, "Many are the afflictions of the righteous . . . " What kinds of afflictions was he talking about? Afflictions to the mind, the heart, the soul, and the spirit.
Maybe you have an "ou-ee" that isn’t healing - its open sore is daily causing you pain. Well, the Great Physician is available. He makes house calls (day or night), charges no fee, and has never had a malpractice suit. And, believe me, His assortment of band-aids is far beyond any we could ever imagine.