Summary: Sometimes healing does not come until we ask for it.
Remember back to when you were a kid. Did you ever want to be superman? After all, he was the strongest guy in the world. He could fly anywhere—without the FAA’s approval. If you had to confess this morning, how many of you tied a bed sheet around your neck and jumped off your bed or something higher, wishing you had a super huge “S” on your chest? We are enamored with this figure of strength because we are not that strong. In fact, Christopher Reeves who played Super Man, is now paralyzed after falling from a horse. Falling from a horse! We are fragile. Life is short! The good news for Christopher Reeves is that just this week, he can now wiggle toes and fingers after several long months of no movement. When I heard about his slight recovery, I thought again, how we are not guaranteed tomorrow and that we are so fragile. And when I saw his toes moving on the news, I thought of God’s healing. As Christians, we ought to see everything as it relates to our faith. When we are sick, we need to look for God’s healing. In Super Man’s case, he may never walk again un-assisted, but God’s healing takes different forms. Why is it that God heals some and not others? Some go through the same sickness or surgery and one recovers , one suffers. Why is that?
I was privileged to attend Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore Kentucky for my Master degree. One of its early presidents, Dr. J.C. McPheeters taught that there were at least 5 miracles of healing that he could find evidence for from his own experience and study of the scriptures.
1. The miracle of instant cure through faith and prayer. This is the one we all want to experience when we need healing. We want it now, and pray for God to do it immediately. Last night on television, the movie “The Green Mile” was playing. Some of you have seen it. It features a black man in the 1920’s rural south, who has the gift of healing and feeling other’s pain. The interesting thing about this movie is that the healing does not glorify God in the least. It is our culture’s way of secularizing even the act of healing. But this is the way we like to see someone healed—this instant—now. The movie won all kinds of awards because, I think, the world is looking for someone, something that has the power to heal their wounds and pain.
2. The miracle of God’s undertaking. This miracle is God giving us the natural capacity to be healed through nature, medical science, doctors and nurses. We all pray hard for this miracle especially as we see patients wheeled off for surgery, or as we wait to see if medical or psychological treatment can alleviate the person’s problem.
3. The miracle of God’s guidance to remedy the situation. God guides us to the right doctor or medication, or hospital that can provide the kind of help we specifically needed. Or perhaps, God provides the right friend or counselor with whom we can share our deep hurts. It may be a service of worship like this one where the Word of God is shared and we receive strength to live on and overcome the maladies of life. This is the miracle of God’s guidance.