Many of you know, that my wife Jodie fell shoveling snow almost 4 years ago and tore the meniscus in her left knee. As a result of the surgery to repair this tear, she developed a chronic nerve condition called CRPS. We have prayed, fasted, and begged God for divine intervention to take away her pain. But as of this writing, she has not been healed.
As Pentecostals, we strongly believe in divine healing of the sick. We believe that it is a miracle that is still relevant for believers today. We have seen, other people instantly healed, right before our eyes.
But still we wait.
Why is that??
That’s a pretty common question when I speak to people about Jodie’s condition.
“Have you been praying?”
Are you specifically asking God to heal her leg?”
“Do you really think that God can heal her?”
The answer to all of the above questions are a resounding yes.
Why then, would God not heal my wife?? I think its a pretty easy answer. Not one that most of us want to hear, but I think it’s pretty cut and dry.
Because he is God, and I am not.
Yeah, its that simple. You see, if I was God, everyone would be healed that was sick. And the world would be a big happy place. Yeah, and everyone would love each other!!
And…. No one would learn anything.
You see, sometimes, God uses things in our lives to teach us something. And then we pass on what we have learned to someone else in need.
I have watched Jodie suffer for quite a few years now. And if God wanted to, he could come right down and POW!! she would be healed.
But I have also watched Jodie use her disability, to bring glory to God. A lot of Glory to God.
See, if Jodie was healed right now, she wouldn’t be able to share her story with the ladies at the retreats she attends. And she wouldn’t be able to sit with the teenager who is dealing with the same pain she is, that thinks no one can understand what she is going through. And she wouldn’t have bumped into the lady at 2:30 in the morning, who was sitting on the couch at a retreat because she was in major pain from her fibromialgia.
And the list goes on and on and on…
See, I believe that Jodie has not been healed, because God is not done using her as a tool to reach people that no one else can relate to.
The book of Proverbs Chapter 3 reminds us, that we have to trust what God is doing, and not try to understand why. Check it here, in a paraphrase from The Message;
5 Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. 6 Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track. 7Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to God! Run from evil! 8Your body will glow with health, your very bones will vibrate with life! 9 Honor God with everything you own; give him the first and the best. 10 Your barns will burst, your wine vats will brim over. 11But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline; don’t sulk under his loving correction.
Scripture teaches us to trust God from the bottom of our heart. That means that we need to believe that he knows what he is doing, and has our best intentions in mind.
Even when things are TOUGH!!!
So who am I to judge what God is doing? Will I continue to pray for Jodie’s healing?? Absolutely, because I believe in an all powerful God who can do anything!
Even in her darkest times, I have watched Jodie become the hands and feet of Jesus to others around her.
So be encouraged friends. If you are going through a dry season in your life, keep your eyes open. There are treasures to be found in the desert.
God has not forgotten you.
God has not left you.
God still loves you
I guarantee he is preparing you for the next season.
What do you think?
Till next week,