Monday, September 22, 2014

The Unusual Healing...

Won’t He Do it?!?!

Unusual Healing

I contend that people spend more time WORRYING about how God is going to fix it than just BELIEVING that He will fix it.

While on missions in San Andres, Colombia we were invited to visit a popular attraction called The Aquarium. I should have started asking questions when they said we needed a boat ride to get to the aquarium.

I expected a large building with glass enclosures that held a variety of unique sea animals. Instead I stood on the embankment of an island looking at water with a local guide. He was wearing swim shoes, swimming trunks, and carrying a bag of bread. Wait! What the what?! The guide said he was going to throw bread into the water to bring the fish close while we were snorkeling. I thought, no sir, I like my fish on a plate or behind some thick plated glass! Before we stepped into the water the guide suggested that we wore swim shoes. Not me, with internal arrogance I declined. After all, I grew up running around without those unfashionable footies. Unfortunately I was the only person that decided to forgo the shoes. 
A few steps into the water, I reached an underwater cliff. Attempting to be careful, I walked slowly. Suddenly I slipped and was doing everything I could to keep from landing face first. My hands braced my fall and for the moment everything was ok - until my finger started throbbing. Something sharp and black was protruding from the index finger on my left hand. After several attempts at trying to remove the object with the thumb and forefinger of my right hand I decided to ask for help.

In life, some individuals, without mentioning names, get into precarious situations and will try to fix it without even asking about solutions…(head down hand raised). It is in those failed attempts that potentially more harm than help is taking place.

When I eventually asked for assistance, I was told to immediately go back to shore. I discovered that a portion of a sea urchin was in my finger and there was only one way to fix it. Pee. Wait! That’s gross! Not only was I supposed to pee on it but also my finger must be immersed in pee for two minutes. I don’t know about you, but I have never used the restroom for two minutes straight despite my level of hydration.

I was eventually given a makeshift cup made from a water bottle that was cut in half. I immersed finger, the swelling subsided, and they pulled the spike out.

Mark 7:33
After he took him aside, away from the crowd, Jesus put his fingers into the man's ears. Then he spit and touched the man's tongue.

Mark 8:23
He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man's eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, "Do you see anything?"

John 9:6
6 Then he spit on the ground, made mud with the saliva, and spread the mud over the blind man’s eyes.

In each occurrence, Jesus did the unimaginable to achieve the unbelievable. My favorite of the three is what happened in the Gospel of John. A man who was blind from birth had an encounter with Christ. Jesus is questioned about who caused the man’s affliction and he answered simply. The man was born that way so that “the power of God can be seen in him.”

Not everything you go through is your fault but your Father in heaven can use anything to open your eyes and the eyes of those around you.

Jesus spat on the ground, made a mud pie, and placed it on the man’s eyes. I believe that this salve of sorts was not the complete cure but it was part of the solution. The man is delivered to the body of water called Siloam, which means sent. He had to be guided, he was blind and there was a paste on his eyes. (Side note: sometimes God has already started the work – you may be the one that helps someone achieve his or her next step)

When the man returned from the water, the bible says he could see. After you have prayed, been to church, heard what you needed – you have to move. Going to the doctor is only the first part of your healing. You have to take their advice and fulfill the prescription.

You may be looking for healing in your life and still feel blind. The physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental cure you want is available but it may not come the way you want it. It is up to you to accept it though.

Tell God what you need and trust His healing ability.

If we can trust experts to fix our cars, homes, or otherwise without question – why not trust the One who created your body and orchestrated your life to fix that too? Yep! #WontHedoit