As a mother of four kids, I unfortunately witness many injuries during day to day activities. I'm very thankful most of the injuries are small and easily handled. But there are lots of cuts and bruises that need my attention. Years ago, our five-year-old son, Lincoln, bumped his shin extremely hard against our mini trampoline. If that's the worst accident that happens on that mini trampoline it will be a miracle! He came running upstairs crying like crazy. He had already developed a huge "goose-egg" on his shin and it was quickly bruising. When I first looked at it, I thought he may have broken a bone in his leg, but after touching around it, we realized he had just bruised it which was causing swelling. While icing his leg, I talked to Lincoln about how his shin would hurt for a few days but would feel better before too long. He wasn't too sure about that, but when he woke up the next day, the swelling had already gone down. We watched his leg heal over the next week or so, and one day he said, "Mom, look at my leg!" I looked and asked him what he meant. He said, "It's gone! The goose-egg and the scab are gone and my leg is healed!" It was a neat process for both of us to watch.
I've had the opportunity, beyond my son's leg, to witness the miracle of healing. I've witnessed physical healing, as well as mental, emotional, and spiritual healing. Sometimes the healing occurs immediately. Other times, healing is a process. No matter what, healing of any kind is beautiful and life changing. The fact that God can take something broken and shattered, and restore it, is a hope-giving message. We know God doesn't always choose to heal, and sometimes the healing process takes time when He does, but He is always able.
Not only is God able to heal, He is able to use us in the process of someone else's healing. We have no idea what kind of affect our love and friendship can have in the lives of other people. Showing people love can be the catalyst to introducing them into a relationship with God, which can lead to their healing. Praying with a friend and giving them a simple hug can be the start to emotional healing, the result of taking time to love others. Continuing to pray for people God brings to our minds can stir the heart of God and may contribute to healing in people. We really just don't know all that can happen when we humble ourselves and obey God in what He is calling us to do.
I'm thankful that God heals. I'm also thankful that He still uses broken people like me. Sometimes healing seems out of reach, but we serve a God who is able to do all things. Again, that doesn't mean He will heal all things, but He is able. Let's continue to ask God for restoration in our lives, and also be willing to be used when He asks us.
For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world.
And this is the victory that has overcome the world-our faith.
1 John 5:4