A different Kind of Healing Part Five
As weeks turned into months she began to pray less for healing for herself and more for the people she met at her physical examination appointments. She made friends with other heart patients and their family members, who were far worse off than she. She became they’re encourager and an inspiration to those who thought that God didn’t care about them. Her fearless example of perseverance no matter how bad her heart condition became, helped them to let go of the words that echoed in their heads. “It just isn’t fair that I am sick.”
She realized as the months turned into years that she had lived her life for herself before. Even her service in church was all about the praise she received for teaching Sunday school and singing in choir. Her illness saved her! It had taken her down a different path she would have never chosen for herself and it turned her into a better person. Now she really cared and loved people, because she knew what it was like to be weak and scared. This revelation brought her pure joy. She worshiped God and praised Him for allowing her to suffer with a terminal heart condition.
John 15: 11-14: “‘I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. My commandment is this: love one another, just as I love you. The greatest love a person can have for his friends is to give his life for them. And you are my friends if you do what I command you.’”
Dear Jesus, Thank you for allowing me to be sick. Your loving care surrounds my life and blesses me every day. The joy of the Lord is my strength.
I Trust You With My Life Part Six
John 15: 15-17: “‘I do not call you servants any longer, because a servant does not know what his master is doing. Instead, I call you friends, because I have told you everything I heard from my Father. You did not choose me; I chose you and appointed you to go and bear much fruit, the kind that endures. And so the Father will give you whatever you ask of him in my name. This, then, is what I command you: love one another.’”
Every hospital test and doctor appointment opened up her heart to the needs of others. She loved the doctors, nurses and the members of their staff. She prayed for them and encouraged them in the jobs they did. She understood by her own experience how hard it was for them to lose a patient. She consoled them and encouraged them to lean on God. God would help them to endure the pain they felt from not being able to save a life.
The scriptures became alive more than ever before, helping her to see that no one in the world was suppose to live a life separate from pain. Suffering changes a person’s character and makes them a better person. Her limits that were brought on by her illness actually taught her more about God than when she had lived a perfect healthy life.
Even on her worse days when her heart was about to give out she reached out and found hope through her faith in God. She no longer told herself, “It just isn’t fair that I am sick!” rather she praised God for finding her worthy to suffer for His sake. She was His witness and her life helped others to not lose hope even when you are given a terminal illness.
Dear Jesus, Thank you for saving me. Thank you for being the Lord of my life. Thank you for giving me a mission of prayer. Thank you for my family and friends. I love you, Lord.
She is Not Dead! Part Seven
Dear Jesus, “You are my Savior! Let my life be a living sacrifice to you, no matter where it leads. Let my death honor your sacrifice for me. Thank you for allowing me to suffer for you. I give you my body, mind and soul. I love you!”
As she lay dying in the hospital bed she smiled at the nurses and aids that hovered around her bedside. She had grown to love them so much and they loved her. With her last dying breath she assured them that she was going to paradise to be with her Savior, Jesus Christ.
Three hundred people gathered for her funeral. Everyone had a story to tell about how she helped them through their illness. They were stories of how much she inspired them to never give up. They were words of encouragement to the families and even the hospital administration staff that God will never let you down. Her eulogy was about a person who loved God and who refused to say, “It just isn’t fair, that I’m sick!”
Hebrews 2: 14&15, “Since the children, as he calls them, are people of flesh and blood, Jesus himself became like them and shared their human nature. He did this so that through his death he might destroy the Devil, who has the power over death, and in this way set free those who were slaves all their lives because of their fear of death.”
In this Easter season let us remember the sacrifice Jesus made for us. He died on the cross. He rose again. He became our Savior. Jesus did this all so we would have a better life in union with Him!
Philippians 4:13, “I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.”