April 24, 2011
Here’s a powerful verse – one of the first I memorized – God continues to show me the depth of its meaning:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
and he will make your paths straight.
Several weeks ago I asked a friend to pray for someone being rushed to the hospital and they asked a question in return. I don’t recall the exact words, so I’ll paraphrase – it was along the lines of “Does she really believe God can heal her?” – that question has been simmering on the back burner of my brain ever since. Although it may not have been directed at me personally, the question certainly applies to each and every one of us.
At the time, I was thinking of healing in medical terms and was taken back to a situation a couple of months ago – my daughter was on a school field trip several hours from home when she had an allergic reaction. Typically, there’s a trip to the emergency room involved where drugs to counteract the reaction are administered.
On that day as my daughter was en route to the ER, I asked for prayer – the prayer received wasn’t that she arrive safely and the doctors take the correct course of action – no, it was that God heal her and baffle the doctors when she appeared to be perfectly fine. In my finite mind of experiences I was thinking, “right – God, just get her to the ER and guide the doctors” – in theory, there was nothing wrong with my approach, but you see, even though God is growing me by leaps and bounds, I still so readily fall into the trap of depending on things of this world first rather than God.
Not a month before the allergic reaction, my daughter called from school – she was in terrible, debilitating pain. I offered to drive two hours to get her – at first she said no, but the pain became so severe she said yes. As I was scrambling to get on the road, I stopped dead in my tracks to pray. I didn’t just know, I BELIEVED with all my heart God was my resource. I prayed for her healing – not two minutes later she phoned – the pain was gone – she felt perfectly fine!
Now isn’t that something? How can my responses be so dramatically different? It makes NO SENSE WHATSOEVER, does it? But all too often, that’s what I do – I rely on past worldly experiences to guide my actions. Slowly, but surely, He is replacing worldly experiences with faith-based experiences. And the thing is, without fail, every time I seek Him, He’s always right there – waiting to show me just how faithful and amazing He is!
My response to the allergic reaction was a gut wrenching experience – I felt so helpless, yet I was so stubborn not to completely rely on God to handle the situation – whatever that picture might look like – yet, not a month before, when I immediately gave a situation to Him there was such relief and peace (yes, another Alka-Selter moment). Although God’s hand was on both situations, my responses were very different. Perhaps I needed to experience the contrast.
When I finally connected the dots, I knew I’d be writing “Who’s Your Healer?” – but then God revealed even more…His healing powers extend far beyond the physical. He’s the Healer for whatever ails us…relationships, finances, you name it – when we’re ready to rip off the band-aide and address the poison in our lives, He’s there for us. What are you waiting for? Let the healing begin!