The Thoughtfulness Behind Miracles
Thank you for your continued prayers and for all of you who donated to Amy’s medical fund. She is gradually getting better day by day. We’ve made an appointment with Dr. Stanley Rockson (Director of the Stanford Center for Lymphatic and Venous Disorders in Palo Alto, California) on April 15th.
Amy and I have spent many nights over the last few years wondering why all of this is happening. Why has God allowed sickness like this to persist in Amy’s body for so long? Is it to teach us something? Is it to mature us in our faith and prayer lives? Or is it just meaningless pain for no reason in particular?
I confess that many of my prayers for healing have been selfish prayers. When I prayed for Amy’s healing, I prayed she would be healed so that she wouldn’t be sick any more. Lipo-lympedema is painful, annoying, expensive, and difficult. I prayed countless times that God would heal Amy because the disease is awful. It has been hard on Amy, it has been hard on me, and it has been hard on our family. I obviously didn’t like seeing my wife in pain, so I prayed for healing. And that, quite frankly, is about as deeply as I have thought about why I asked God for healing. Sickness hurts and healing is much more pleasant. It seemed rather straight-forward.
And yet, here is something else I knew in the back of my mind, but hadn’t yet considered: God does miracles to demonstrate His glory. When God heals someone, it isn’t just for their own convenience and relief. It isn’t just a little magic show with no thoughtfulness behind it. Miracles of healing are designed to bring glory to God.
It was right in front of me all along:
When Jesus received word that Lazarus was terminally ill, He said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” (John 11:4)
When Jesus was asked why a man was born blind He answered, “This happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:3)
When Jesus healed the paraplegic who was lowered through the roof by his friends, amazement seized everyone who saw it. They glorified God and were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen extraordinary things today.” (Luke 5:24-26)
When Jesus healed a woman who had been crippled for eighteen years, “all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by Him.” (Luke 13:12-17)
Jesus’ ministry wasn’t about teaching, with the occasional magic trick to garner some popularity. It was demonstrate the glory of God.
I love a breathtaking Kansas sunset because it demonstrates God’s glory. I am eager for the chance to climb a 14,000 foot mountain, just so I can marvel at God’s glorious creation. Oceans, stars, whales, and thunderstorms were all designed proclaim the glory of God. So it only makes since that Jesus would use the healing of an ‘incurable’ disease to do the same.
For many years, Amy suffered quietly and our prayers seemed to float up unheard into empty space. And all that time, I honestly believe God was waiting for the opportunity to include you in what He wanted to do in Amy’s life.
And here you are, reading these words, and comprehending the fact that your prayers for Amy are actually having an impact. You are watching God at work and praising Him. You are witnessing the glory of our Beautiful and Loving Heavenly Father in a fresh, new way.
And isn’t that what life is all about?