OK, so I’m gonna preach a little bit. So, if you’d rather not subject yourself to that, fair warning. Close your eyes, ears, email, or computer and move on. If you’re still here, here I go. You’ve seen ’em. On TV. And on the internet. Those guys who lay their healing hands on people and miraculously heal them. You’ve seen ’em. Right? And you know, without a doubt, they must be doing the will of God. Because, how else could they heal anybody? It’s simple really.
They’ve been blessed with healing hands.
And what an awesome blessing. I mean, imagine. You simply walk up to someone, lay your hands on them, and they’re healed. Who wouldn’t want that power…uh, I mean…ability? C’mon, admit it. You’d love to be able to to heal somebody who can’t walk. Wouldn’t you? Of course. It’s only natural.
Uh, I should say “supernatural.”
Some might even say “miraculous.”
But, sadly, not everybody has healing hands. I don’t. My wife doesn’t. Even though her hands can have an almost healing touch when applied to my neck during a migraine. But I digress.
You know who else didn’t have healing hands? A guy named Paul. In case you’ve never heard of him, he’s the guy who became the “apostle to the Gentiles.” Oh sure, he was involved with some healings, for a short while in a few places. But in pretty short order he lost that ability.
In fact, he couldn’t even heal his friends who were sick…much less lame. He even left a sick friend behind when he had to do some traveling. And as a matter of another fact, he couldn’t even heal himself. And when he asked God to heal him, he was told something that almost all people who trust in miracles forget.
God’s grace is sufficient.
And obviously that doesn’t mean sufficient enough to put the power of healing into somebody’s hands. No, God’s grace is sufficient to carry you and me over and/or through all the health problems in life.
And if so-called “healers” are real, why don’t they ever heal amputees? Why don’t they go lay hands on all those innocent little kids in cancer units? And why have we never heard of any of those liars, oops, I mean healers (no, I really mean liars) walking all those people, who need a kidney transplant, out of those hospitals.
Because that’s not the real world we live in right now.
This real world has real problems. And no one is immune. And no one can heal you. Because a true healing isn’t temporary. It’s eternal. And only one person can provide permanent health. If you’ve followed along, long enough, you know WHO I mean. Right?
So, if you (or someone you know) still believes and trusts in miracles, I encourage you (or them) to stop. Because miracles, by definition, do NOT occur on a daily or even regular basis. And even when they did, miracles didn’t tend to turn people to God. In fact, it was quite the opposite.
Maybe (and I use that term loosely) that’s why the Bible says “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Pretty clear, right? Not by seeing.
But by hearing.
If you and I could heal ourselves, we would. But we can’t. That guy Paul said it like this, “…even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.”
But that doesn’t mean we humans can’t have a healing touch. It’s just not like what you see in the movies. Like when someone gets struck by lightning and suddenly they can touch people and cure diseases. A healing touch isn’t about making miracles happen wherever you go. It isn’t about you. It isn’t about me. And it isn’t really even about physical healing.
Healing touch can happen even without any physical touch. You’ve probably had someone “touch your heart” in a meaningful, lasting way. But did they actually touch your heart? Or wasn’t it actually a feeling you had inside?
Personally I don’t seek to be healed of all my physical problems. I don’t believe that’s a wise use of time. But I DO look to connect with people who offer themselves up as a healing touch to their fellow human beings. And I’d like to think I have done and will continue to do that, too. The Bible says to “love your neighbor as yourself.”
You don’t have to even believe in the Bible to know that’s a good way to be. Now, go and be a…
From breath to breath
And heart to heart
Go share your gifts
And be the start
Of something good
And something pure
A noble cause
Steadfast and sure.
With lovely things
And lots of praise
To light up lives
And brighten days
Give good account
When life is just
And virtue builds
A higher trust.
Offer these things
That mean so much
And you will be
A healing touch.
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