The Mystery Of Healing

linking with Five Minute Friday at katemotaung.com
Write for five minutes on a given prompt, which today is “heal”

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Jesus healed the leper by touching him.  He healed the demon-possessed man with a word of command.  The woman with bleeding was healed by touching the edge of his robe.  He told the paralysed man to get up and walk, but only after he had first forgiven his sin.

He enabled a man to speak by spitting on his fingers and touching his tongue.  He healed a blind man by spitting on his eyes (interestingly only a partial healing first time round, though complete healing quickly followed.)  He healed the centurion’s servant from far away.

Many people were healed straight away.  With Jairus’ daughter and Lazarus, the healing was delayed and circumstances were allowed to get even worse before he stepped in.

Jesus told some people they were healed because of their faith.  Sometimes he declared people healed because of the faith of their friends or family.  On other occasions there is no indication that anyone had any faith at all- Jesus healed out of compassion.

Surely this teaches us two things:

  1. Jesus heals– his power is greater than sickness and blindness and diseases and even death.  There is nothing beyond his power to heal.
  2. There is not a formula– Jesus healed in different ways then and he heals in different ways now.

I have seen too many people damaged by well-meaning people making assumptions about what God is going to do in a situation.  When the healing fails to come in the way or timeframe that is expected, people have been left feeling that it must be their fault, or God doesn’t care about them, or maybe their faith isn’t great enough.

The truth is God will heal how God will heal- instantly, gradually, miraculously, through medicine, on earth or in heaven.  So yes, we need to pray for healing and we need to expect God to heal, but we also need to trust him to do it in his time and in his way.

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Also, this a final invitation to anyone who would like to take part in the series I am planning for Write 31 Days in October, looking at how God speaks through songs and uses them to build our faith.

Over the 31 days, I am planning to share some of my own stories of songs that have impacted me, and also to share some of the background stories to songs being written, but I would love to share some of your stories too, of songs that God has used to speak to you, encourage you or comfort you in a particular situation.

If you have a song or hymn that has meant something special to you and you would like to share your story here, I would love to invite you to write a guest post for this series.  If you are interested, please send me an email at lifeinthespaciousplace@yahoo.com in the next few days, letting me know which song you’d like to write about, and I will send you more details.  (You don’t have to have the post written by then, but I will be looking for them to be completed by the last week in September so that I can work out the best order for the series.)

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38 thoughts on “The Mystery Of Healing

  1. Excellent words Lesley! His ways are not always our ways. When we trust Him to bring our healing in his way it is so much better! I am probably my own worst enemy, trying to read into what God is doing in a situation…when I just need to let go and let him work. Thanks for the great reminder!
    I’m behind you at Kate’s today.

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    1. Thanks, Christy. I agree, it is easy to have our own fixed idea of how God will work or what we think he “should” do in a situation instead of just being open to what he is actually doing.

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  2. Lesley,
    I love this post! And it’s so true. I prayed for healing and Jesus gave my friend eternal healing that night. My prayer was “please heal her or take her home, but don’t leave her like this.” He did both in one compassionate move. And she and her entire family have such great faith. Here’s her YouTube video from when she was in remission before the cancer returned. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J6qo3ksnWlw
    I’m intrigued by the 31 days of songs. I’m so musical. I cannot live without it. To choose just one song might be challenging though. I don’t have a favorite that’s all-time favorite. It varies with the season I’m walking in.
    Thanks for coming by my side as well!
    Love,
    Tammy
    (#7 this week)

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    1. Thanks, Tammy, and thanks for sharing the video. I’ll watch it later. It’s so sad when we don’t see the healing we long for here on earth but the hope of complete, eternal healing is amazing.
      I’d love for you to join in with the 31 Days series if you’d like to. It doesn’t have to be an all-time favourite song (I don’t think I have one of those either!)- just the story of how God has used a song in a particular situation.

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  3. There is no formula. So true. If there were then we wouldn’t need a relationship. We could just follow the formula and, voila, done. Because he is real, we are surprised, we wait, we anticipate, and we embrace Him.

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    1. I like how you put that, Gabriele. I think sometimes we can wish there was a formula so that it’s understandable and predictable, but it’s often the not knowing that builds our relationship with God and drives us to seek him.

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  4. This is so true, Lesley. God has the power, but He also has His own timing and purpose. He will heal when and how He will heal. I have prayed that God would heal my body from chronic illness, but He has said His grace is sufficient. I have to leave it in His hands. And healing from abuse has so many layers. He is choosing to heal one layer at a time. But hurray, we know for sure that one day we will be forever and completely healed. 🙂 Blessings and hugs to you!

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    1. It is hard when healing seems to take a long time, or we ask and the answer is no, but we have to trust that God knows what he’s doing and hold onto the beautiful hope we have of complete and eternal healing one day. Blessings and hugs to you!

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  5. I love this post and it is a topic that is heavy on my heart because I have so many people in my life who are going through different things that need healing, however and in God’s timing. I attended a church where I saw with my own eyes people get physically healed and it was amazing but did leave the question mark in my heart of what we were doing wrong when it didn’t happen in other areas. We can’t know all the answers and that is what I love about what you have written. Blessings, friend!

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    1. Thanks, Meg. I think it almost makes it harder when we have seen God heal miraculously because we don’t just believe in our heads that he can do it- we have actually witnessed it- and then it’s hard to understand why he doesn’t do the same in other situations. We just have to try to trust him where we don’t understand and hold onto the hope of complete eternal healing one day.

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  6. This: yes! “I have seen too many people damaged by well-meaning people making assumptions about what God is going to do in a situation. When the healing fails to come in the way or timeframe that is expected, people have been left feeling that it must be their fault, or God doesn’t care about them, or maybe their faith isn’t great enough.” Oh my…and how excruciating this can be when church leaders speak these promises…something someone very dear to me experienced and then she lost her precious child. Oh how my heart still weeps over the pain and damage to her faith inflicted. Yes….let us never ever assume or play god…precious souls are not toys.

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    1. So true, and I know people often mean well when they say these things and they are trying to build faith, but a lot of the time I don’t think they realise how damaging it can be.

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  7. I keep forgetting to send you an email. Oh so much THIS: “It’s more than physical maladies Jesus wants to heal. Maybe that’s where I start. Heal me from my skepticism, Lord. Heal me too.” I’m in the 59 spot.

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  8. I agree that healing is ours, but the how and when is up to God. Love how you brought up the various ways and timing. God has delayed my healing before. I felt it was because He was teaching me to stand on His Word, trust Him, purifying my heart, or other reasons. (I hesitate even writing this last sentence because it can in no way be explained in a comment box alone.) He is sovereign.

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    1. Thanks, Kelly. I think sometimes we can look back and see the reasons why God delayed healing or the healing we wanted didn’t come. At least we can sometimes see how God worked it for good. But other times is remains a mystery. I agree, it’s hard to explain. Thanks for visiting. Hope you have a lovely weekend!

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  9. I have often encountered the damaging, shallow doctrine that requires God to heal in specific ways and at specific times. Surely I need to confess… Pray more… Pray harder… Something… The truth is that the existence of people like me, Christian and chronically ill, is difficult for some to handle. Surely believing equals ease, health and wealth.

    People read past the whole “in this world you WILL have trouble” line.

    Healing is guaranteed, absolutely. I know that one day I will have a whole body, with no more pain or sickness. If God sees fit to bring that about today, fantastic. If He waits until that blessed moment when I open my eyes in eternity, equally fantastic. He’ll give me what I need to embrace whatever comes.

    Thank you, Lesley, for this. Would that more people arrive at your understanding.

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    1. Marie, I’m sorry you have encountered this. I hate when people who are already struggling with illness are made to carry the extra burden of feeling that people are blaming them for it or that their faith isn’t enough.
      As you say, this world is not perfect and we will have trouble, but I’m grateful that we also have hope of complete healing and restoration, in God’s way and at God’s time.

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  10. Beautiful, Lesley! I agree with you completely. “Jesus healed out of compassion” and He is such a GOOD DAD! It’s a beautiful mystery.
    Have a great week!
    Shauna

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  11. Hi Carly! Such great, level-headed advice about healing. I have fallen into wondering where God was in my healings many times. But as you said, God heals when he plans and how he plans to do it. We usually have no idea.
    Your series on songs sounds so lovely! I just got back from an extended blog-break, so I’m not quite into the swing of writing again yet. I’ll let you know if I can put something together. If not, I know I’ll love your series.
    Monday blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. Thanks, Ceil, and welcome back! I think all of us have ideas about how we expect or want God to work in a situation and times when we wonder what he is doing, but we have to trust that he has a plan.
      I’ll send you an email- I need to fill you in on something from during your break.

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  12. One thing I have learned is that when we try to make assumptions about what God is or isn’t going to do, we’re doing nothing but playing God ourselves…and that’s a dangerous and exhausting role to play. I’m trying to learn the heart of God so I can let go and know that his heart for us is really, truly so so good. Great words, my friend!

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    1. Thanks, Kylie. It can be hard to let go of our own ideas but you’re right, it is dangerous and exhausting to try to play God ourselves. Even if we don’t understand what he is doing in a situation we have to trust that he is good.

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  13. Dear Leslie … thanks for this important reminder that there is no magic formula. There’s only grace and mercy and the praying that His will be done in our somewhat messy, occasionally desperate lives.

    Beautiful, this sacred relationship and the way He answers our hearts’ cry …

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  14. Thank you as always for your words. I think we are afraid to pray for healing because of our preconceived notions of what healing looks like. I had a friend who passed away about five years ago from a brain tumor. We prayed over and over for healing. In my mind our prayers were not answered. But then another friend, wiser than me, pointed out that she was healed. Maria was with Jesus living her eternal life and she was healed. Sometimes we need perspective.

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    1. It’s definitely hard when our prayers are not answered as we hope, and I agree, it can make us hesitant to pray in future situations because we fear disappointment. It’s true that healing happens in different ways. Even when someone is healed completely on earth, that is not going to last forever but, however things turn out here, we have an amazing hope of eternal healing to hold on to.

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  15. Lesley, what a great post! God heals when and how He knows is best for each person. I’m rather glad I can’t predict all of God’s moves. If I could, I’m thinking He wouldn’t be as big as the Bible tells us He is.

    I agree, people have said harsh things about healing, thinking they were helping. I had a loved one (many years ago) insinuate that I wasn’t pregnant because I didn’t have enough faith. It hurt to hear that. It also pushed me closer to God, and being more intentional about studying what faith is—and isn’t.

    God works in each life in a unique way. We need to trust that He always knows the plans He has for us, and they are almost always higher than our ways.

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    1. Thanks, Jeanne. Yes, if we could understand or predict everything God did, he wouldn’t really be God.
      Sorry that you’ve been hurt by people making those kind of comments, even though they had good intentions. I’m glad that in your case it drove you to discover more of God and draw close to him.

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  16. Great post. I love the story of the man whose healing didnt take place immediately. Whose healing was two part.
    We studied this in church recently. Thought about that in new ways. That many times our instant salvation occurs in the moment we let Jesus come in but our spiritual vision improves from then on. Like sanctification. I would like to participate in your blog post. For 31 free writes.

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