We are led to believe that our healing, whether it is a chronic condition or in the mind, is complete and will stay the way it is. Most of the time we believe that it is just the way that life is. The truth lies in the word of God, Mark 1:37 states, “For no word from God will ever fail.” We also see in Isaiah 53:5, “But he was pierced for our transgressions, but he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace was on him and by his wounds we are healed.”
There are many verses in the bible that talk about healing, for me, Isaiah 53:5 was when I realized that I was healed. Pierced, crushed and punished. Someone whom it took me time to get to know and that I refused in the beginning due to the fear of not being worthy. Jesus loving me is the reason I know that I am healed every day. The wounds, bruises, each whip upon his innocent back, the stab wound that bled out water instead of blood, his nail pierced hands and feet have freed us from iniquities, our wrongdoings have been forgiven, our hearts renewed.
Innocent and forgiving
Jesus, the innocent son of God, died so that we may live. Knowing that we will continue to slip and potentially go the wrong way. Ways that are not favorable to our well-being. Jesus died so we may continue to try. As the earthly parent does not scold their infant for tumbling as they learn to walk, our father above forgives us and guides us. He who is greater than any in the world is ultimately the best in forgiving what we feel is unforgivable and at healing what we believe can not be healed.
“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness. “By his wounds you have been healed.” 1 Peter 2:24
Good things come in time but great things come from being stretched
When someone is sick they are often weak, tense and not in the best state of mind. The dictionary describes stretch as follows: (of something soft or elastic) be made or be capable of being made longer or wider without tearing or breaking. I want to highlight a few points in this definition.
“Of something soft” and “without tearing or breaking” are the two pieces of the definition that stood out. A child has not experienced many situations to become hard and untrusting and at some point, whether as a child or growing up, we have all experienced moments where someone close hurts us and causes us to become less trusting.
A type of healing is to be able to trust again. When we are hurt, mentally and physically, it leaves a scar. To be stretched in these moments relieves the tension and causes us to become stronger. We remain vulnerable before the Lord and when we look back we see that we have grown. This is where the second piece of the definition comes into play: God will not break us and leave us. When we are broken he will put us together and we will be stronger.
Colonel Sherman T. Potter said “If you ain’t where you are, you’re no place.”
The seventh season of M*A*S*H was filled with many emotions. This particular saying was on an episode that everyone was depressed during Christmas. Granted they were all deployed in the middle of a war and not spending the holidays with family. Colonel Potter said words that stay with me, “if you ain’t where you are, you’re no place.”
During the process of healing we must be in a state of equanimity. By being calm and composed we have a better chance of knowing that God is faithful and will not leave us in our hurt. God is greater than circumstance and if we are not in our circumstances than we are chasing what is not there. “…but an honest person is as brave as a lion.” (Proverbs 28:1) Lions do not run and hardly ever chase anything. They stay calm and collected until their food is in sight.
Being healed is about having the right connection
Imagine the toddler speaking on the phone. They are having a whole conversation and it makes you wonder: “who did they call?” You take the phone and see that the screen is off and they are in fact speaking to themselves. It is a cute moment and it is something we do often.
We call out and say we want to be healed but fail to connect with the healer. Speaking with God and building a relationship is how we build a stronger connection. Prayer, fasting, and reading the bible are all courses of action to build a relationship. When we know who we are speaking to then we are less likely to be led astray. Truth always rules over lies and the truth is that you are healed.
Healing and time
My largest concern was always that I was not healed yet so it must mean that I will not be healed. At the age of six I was diagnosed with epilepsy. Test after test and the cause was foreign to my doctors and family. We didn’t know why I was having Grand Mal seizure after partial complex seizure multiple times a week or month.
As of writing this, I have been seizure free for four months. It may not seem like a lot of time but is the longest time without a seizure. Four months ago was a pivotal point in my personal healing because I realized that, though I had a connection, I was saying all the right things in the wrong way. I prayed for healing out of fear and not out of trust. Praying through a sense of doubt instead of a sense of faith.
A tree does not grow over the span of a few days. Healing is much the same in that it takes time. Different in the way that healing is granted to us when we have faith and trust that the Lord will heal us. Healing is different for each person but we know that God knows best and grants us healing in the way the is best for each of us.