Tuesday, April 29, 2014

The Greatest Healing

I prayed recently for three people who were ill. I didn’t just pray once in a while or check off my prayer list. I had a conviction and a heavy heart to pray for these people and their healing. The first was the young adult daughter of a couple in my Bible fellowship class who had cancer. The second was the husband of a friend that had moved to another state who developed complications from the flu. The third was a sweet baby boy just 18 months old whose grandparents I know.
The first girl had a period of improvement, but then she passed away. The second also passed away too soon. Monday morning I read the news that the precious baby boy I was praying for had moved from this life to the next. While heaven is sweet and by far the best healing, there is heartache for the families left behind. The first young woman left behind her parents, her husband, and a 10 year old daughter now without her mom. The second left his wife of many years and his adult children. And this sweet baby boy left his young brother and sister, parents, and grandparents. 
Three situations which I have felt compelled not just to pray for the families but for healings. I believe God can heal, but this morning shook my world. I believed this baby would be physically healed. As I asked God if He is still in the healing business and why I have had a heavy heart for these three and none were healed, I struggled for answers. I may never have answers this side of heaven, but I still sought God to answer. What I heard was not what I wanted to hear, but it is the truth. Our experiences do not provide reliable truth, but Holy Scripture does.
I remembered Job 38-41 which basically asks, “Who am I to question God?” Well that was harsh, but it stopped my whining. I am not one to question, but I do know His love for me and for these families. He does desire for me to come to Him with my need for understanding and yet continue to trust Him when I don’t understand. For these families I ask for God’s comfort and peace that we cannot understand. For me, I ask for God to show me His works today. Not His works in the past, but His works today. I need to see Him.
Today the earth continues to spin, today the air provides what I need to breathe, today my needs are met, and today His hand holds me. He is the only one that holds me 100% in sickness and health, in poverty and wealth, and in death we will not part but only begin eternity together forever in His arms. I feel His presence holding me, and I ask for these families to feel it also. 
Some will say these three were healed as they passed from this life to heaven. This is true. So now we wait and watch as God provides healing to the hearts left behind. And then God says to me, “But this is the greatest healing. This is the greatest miracle beyond our comprehension. Which is harder—to heal the body or heal the heart?” My answer is not to stop praying. My answer is to continue in prayer for those grieving to have their hearts healed. We will all die physically one day; but while we live, our hearts can experience the miracle of healing that only comes from God. This is true, and this will be my continued prayer. 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Experiencing Loss

A coworker and friend just stopped by my office to let me know about another lady at work whose mom passed away today. I know what it’s like to lose your mom. My mom passed away about 6 months ago, and I feel like I am doing well with my loss. It’s something you begin to prepare for, although you don’t desire it, when your mom is almost 89 years of age. But talking about this lady’s loss brought back fresh sorrow for my mom. Tears welled unexpectedly.
My own daughter’s dad (my ex-husband) passed away a few weeks after my mom. I think part of my strength in losing my mom was the fact that I was 53 and my daughter was losing her dad at only 25 years of age. I could be strong for her because it somehow seemed her loss was greater, but it wasn’t. When we lose a parent, or anyone close, the sorrow and grief is personal. The healing we have is that of our hope in Christ Jesus. I cannot imagine the pain for those that do not know Christ as their Savior.
I have been reading II Corinthians this month. One of my favorite verses is in chapter 1 verses 3 and 4, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”  
While I have read this verse and shared it many times, I don’t know that I’ve truly thought about what it means to become that comfort to someone else. This past week I read in Chapter 7 how Paul was comforted by the coming of Titus and how they were both comforted and refreshed by the Corinthians. God showed me how His comfort takes many shapes and forms. He comforts us with His peace that surpasses our understanding, He comforts us through other people, and He comforts us through circumstances. Whatever we need, He knows, and He brings that comfort when we look to Him.
Please pray for my friend and her family and also pray that God will use me to bring comfort to her. In this life, we will have trouble, grief and sorrow; but He has overcome.
“So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory” (I Corinthians 14:54).