Another Kind of Healing

Another Kind of Healing

Some people have long-term illnesses that don’t go away instantly when prayed for. I’m someone whom God has not seen fit to heal right away.

There are medications to relieve the worst symptoms of the immune system disorders and other chronic conditions I suffer from, but no actual cure. The miracle for me is having God’s help and comfort in my ongoing condition. He’s giving me a happy, fruitful life, even though I’m still quite sick.

There are times when He intervenes to take away an illness completely, but there is the other kind of healing—the kind that continues on and shapes and matures, that teaches deeper lessons and engenders more compassion for others.

I am very grateful for the way God has given me a very happy life in spite of my condition. Happier than before I was sick, I would say.

Of course, I am blessed with close family and friends who have given incredible help and support. My illnesses brought their amazing qualities of love and self-sacrifice to the fore.

So that’s a miracle too—that God can allow some of us to suffer sicknesses which in the long run can both improve the quality of our lives and bring out the best in others. That can be His better plan, rather than granting instant healing.

Being sick has made me more compassionate. It has made me more thoughtful and reflective. It has made me examine my motives for doing things, whereas before I was so focused on just “doing” that I often didn’t think about why. It has given me immense gratitude for things that I took for granted before. It has brought simple peace and greater faith. It has made my life more beautiful.

James 5:16 ESV / Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

3 John 1:2 ESV / Beloved, I pray that all may go well with you and that you may be in good health, as it goes well with your soul.

Matthew 10:1 ESV / And he called to him his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal every disease and every affliction.

4 Comments

  1. Brandi
    September 9, 2014, 7:27 pm   /  Reply

    Oh Sweetheart? What a lovely, lovely expression. What a Lovely perspective.

    This is how, I too, see the Father’s interventions. Not that insta-cures aren’t genuine. But I believe, more often than not, the Father’s miracles happen within. They are the changes that he makes in US, not in the circumstances, that allow us to enter into the Kingdom…. all while we’re circumstantially and geographically right where we were. Contentment with what is— come what may. THAT is a miracle that cannot be threatened.

    Thank you for sharing.

    Peace be with you, Love.

  2. Karla
    September 14, 2014, 4:05 pm   /  Reply

    Thank you for these devotions on healing. They have given me a new perspective as I struggle with ongoing illnesses.

  3. Laurie Felan
    November 5, 2014, 1:48 am   /  Reply

    Thank you, now i feel I’m not alone in feeling just exactly how you put it, I thank our heavenly father each day no matter what comes against me. I know He does it for a purpose & for whatever it may be I will follow Him. Thank you again for the positive note!

  4. September 10, 2018, 1:33 am   /  Reply

    THANKYOU FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL SHARING ABOUT THE EXAMPLES OF OUR LORD THROUGH SICKNESS.I TOO SUFFER WITH PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS AND BECAUSE OF MY ILLNESS AN AGE I CANT GET A JOB TO HELP AND SURVIVE ON DISABILITY. BUT THE LORD HAS ALWAYS BEEN THERE AND I LOVE HIM AND AM SO GREATFUL.

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