"Sometimes while I'm talking to God, He'll show me something about myself in such a way that I have to laugh at my own humanity and how funny I must look to Him." - Donna

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Thursday, December 02, 2004

In Sickness and Health

I’m one of the healthiest people I know. I try to maintain a positive outlook on life, and thank God every day for my health.

Recently a nasty bug invaded my body and wreaked havoc on me. After three long days, I feel better and almost back to my old self. No further comment on the ‘old.’

Being sick made me so thankful. Does that sound odd? While I lay in bed, I thought of those who feel sick in body day after day. How many people suffer for months, sometimes years with a sickness? And then I feel badly for three days and complain? Not me. I made the attempt to say very little. Although my family might argue the point, I tried valiantly to suffer in silence knowing this too would pass. Okay, maybe one or two complaints crossed my lips, but I did try!

When we become sick or something bad happens, our faith can be tested. At times, Satan works against us, but we can’t blame every ailment on Satan. While we are on earth, we live in a frail body subject to decay and illness. Corruption entered the world through sin. But we have hope in that while this body perishes, our soul lives forever with the Lord when we’ve made Him Lord of our life.

In Ecclesiastes 3:3, King Solomon wrote there is a time for everything including a time for healing. God can and does heal. He created our bodies to fight off disease and heal wounds. God give us the knowledge to create medicine and traditional cures. At times, He miraculously heals us. Our sickness allows God to show Himself as our Healer.

Why aren’t we all healed while on earth? Healing may come in this life or not until we reach Heaven. I don’t know why some people live with abundant health while others struggle. The reason some Christians fail to receive healing remains a secret, known only to God.

Those of you who struggle, I pray for God’s healing power for your body. I pray those of us who are relatively healthy will remember to thank God for our health and pray for those in need of a miracle.

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (3 John 1:2 niv)

Whew! I’m praising the Lord that nasty bug has left me alone!

Prayer: God, I thank You for health, and for healing my body. I ask that You touch those today in need of a miracle of healing physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Grant those who are discouraged peace and comfort through the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.


Anonymous said...

Hi Donna,

Thank you for sharing your story on sickness and healing. I agree with you that when we're sick it is good to give "thanks," for often from sickness we learn to be more patient and grateful for Christ's healing.

It is good to give thanks and glory in all situations of life, whether it's positive or negative. As you mentioned, Christ loves to heal us and return good health to us. Sometimes healing comes quickly, sometimes slowly or not in our lifetime. I have learned that there are reasons for this and to just keep trusting in Him. He will light the way...


Donna J. Shepherd said...

Hi, Toni. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I agree - the Lord teaches us through adversity of all kinds. Lord knows I don't ask for patience anymore! *g*

Whatever I had spread through my family like wildfire - my son Saturday, me Sunday, my daughter Monday, and poor hubby Tuesday. Whew!

Before I wrote this, I saw some children on TV who were suffering with cancer and in the midst of chemotherapy. Broke my heart and reminded me how little I was going through in comparison.

I pray for all those who are going through any kind of adversity today - that you will be strengthened and given the peace that only God can bring.

Toni, look what you did...got me started again! lol!

Becky said...

Glad to see you back on your feet! Thanks for the reminder.

Rhodi Alers de López said...

Donna: I feel the same way about being thankful... even in our "down time" and in sickness. We have so much to be thankful for! I'm glad you're feeling better!

God bless you abundantly and guide your ministry!

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Anonymous said...

Yes I agree, it isn't until we are unwell that we appreciate good health. I'm also one of the healthiest people I know but boy when I have a cold I am miserable.
As the song says, 'I hope you never take one breathe for granted'. Praise God for good health. Glad you are ok now

Posted by glenniah to Devotionals by Donna at 12/3/2004 09:35:56 AM

Vicki said...

Donna, I was so thankful to read this tonight, being how I'm still in the valley of bronchitis and general malaise. It's even frightened me this week--to think I might not get well. But your thoughts and prayers helped me tonight, so thank you. Thanks, too, for sharing how you felt when you were battling that nasty ol' bug. Health is a precious gift, and it humbles me a great deal when I think of those who suffer with chronic illness. I've taken my health for granted so many times. Anyway, thanks for visiting my blog. That always encourages my heart. Your blog is beautiful and I know the Lord delights in you.

Christmas blessings,

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