Healing in a Fallen World

Now some random thoughts on healing. I think I’ve been sick the normal amount of times over the years I have lived on this earth. That is, normal for someone living in America in the 20th and 21st centuries. I have had many colds, flu, fevers, sore throats, ear aches. I have been in the hospital 4 times… hepatitis, 2 hernias and 1 chest pain, (I think it was heart burn). It doesn’t feel good to be sick. When we are sick, we can’t wait to feel good again. And fortunately, after a while, we do. If we injure something or something happens like a hernia or appendicitis, we go to a doctor and get it fixed. But some things aren’t fixable and won’t go away over time. Cancer, MS, and many other diseases don’t usually go away.

I have Parkinson’s Disease. They call it a progressive degenerative disease. That means it keeps getting worse over time and doesn’t stop getting worse. They say people don’t die from Parkinson’s. They die “with” Parkinson’s. Something else is the cause of their death.

I believe that God has the ability to supernaturally heal the human body. I believe it has happened many times over history. In the Christian circles I have traveled in all my life, the consensus is that God heals.

But my life experience shows me that healing is not that easy to get a hold of.

I have thought about this a great deal throughout my life, especially when I’m sick or someone I love is sick. But with the normal everyday sick, even though you are asking God to heal you, in the back of your mind you know that after a while, the sickness will run its course, and you will be well again.

It’s not the same with something like Parkinson’s Disease. This doesn’t go away. There are things they can do to help make the journey a little easier and hold off the degenerative part for a while, but you can only imagine what’s coming. Michael J. Fox says, ” Having Parkinson’s Disease is like getting hit by a bus, only in slow motion. You see it hitting you, but you can’t get out of the way”.

 

Healing takes on a different meaning when you have something that won’t, in the natural, go away. But don’t I believe in the supernatural? Don’t I believe God has the ability to heal Parkinson’s? Of course, He does. He can do anything, can’t He? Let’s see. Can God lie? No. Can He violate His word? No. Can He be unjust? No.

When mankind fell in the garden, we let in everything that can hurt us and cause us sorrow and steal what belongs to us. God gave mankind the world and mankind gave it away and gave the adversary the right to be here and cause us pain and death. One of the things mankind allowed to enter the earth was sickness, disease and injury. We also caused a void to be placed between us and God.

But God loved us so much that He gave His Son to take our place and remove the void that separated us. His Son came to earth and brought with Him restoration and freedom from death. God certified Jesus as His Son by healing people Jesus and those with Him laid their hands on.

In the bible, there are random healings in the Old Testament. There are many healings described in the Gospel’s in the New Testament and some random healings in the rest of the New Testament. From the New Testament writers until now, healings have become less understood and experienced. There are many reasons given for the unpredictability of healing, from not having enough faith to receive healing, to the person that is praying for the person in need of healing not having enough faith, or from not praying long enough to not praying hard enough. Some say healing doesn’t happen because the sick person will learn a great lesson through having and enduring the sickness and pain, maybe patience or empathy. It’s also said that the healing has happened, just hasn’t manifested yet.

I have prayed for healing from Parkinson’s. I have been prayed for. As of this writing, I still feel the symptoms. If I skip the medication, it gets worse. I love God and Jesus is my savior. I have sinned and will sin again. I don’t want to, but I probably will. I could pray more for healing and be prayed for by others more. I could have more faith, I guess. I’m a little confused where enough is.

I love God, I trust God. I’m doing the best I can to be a good son. I have always felt His love for me. Most of the time, I feel I please Him. I don’t think He’s mad at me or withholding healing from me. I don’t think he is disappointed that I’m not healed. I think I live in a world He made perfect and my first parents ruined. Even though I’m not subject to death anymore and I will live in perfection with Him forever, for a short time, I will have Parkinson’s. But His love for me never fails.

 

 

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justcametomind

A Christian man in my mid 60's with Parkinson's disease. Married over 30 years with 3 married children and 2 grandkids.

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