“I don’t think there is anyone who needs God’s help and grace as much as I do. Sometimes I feel so helpless and weak. I think that is why God uses me. Because I cannot depend on my own strength, I rely on Him twenty-four hours a day. If the day had even more hours, then I would need His help and grace during those hours as well.”
It was great to have my Mother come from Belarus to visit us. It had been a few years since we saw her last and the children were overjoyed by her coming. My Mom would always bring many presents and, of course, a lot of Russian candy, which we like so much. Her coming is always much anticipated and a much celebrated event both by us and our children, but this time sadness overshadowed the joy of her being with us. As the days of her stay progressed, we noticed laboured steps as she would walk up and down the stairs. She began to display the lack of energy throughout the day and mentioned arthritic pain in her joints. She developed a rash in her face in the shape of a butterfly and felt unwell every day. Knowing that something wasn’t right and being concerned for her health we went to see the family doctor, who in turn sent us to see a specialist. Upon close examination, the doctor diagnosed my mother’s condition as lupus, and sent her for the full blood analysis. When the results for the blood test came, I was with my Mom translating what the physician was prescribing for a treatment. He was telling us that the blood work confirmed it to be lupus and was describing treatment for it.
SLE (or simply “lupus”) is a chronic, autoimmune, inflammatory disease that can affect any organ in the body and in a pattern that varies greatly from person to person. Lupus is characterized by autoantibodies. SLE is a chronic illness, which means that the disease is lifelong. Autoimmune means that there is a disorder of the immune system which cannot tell the difference between the person’s own tissues and foreign tissues. This conflict leads to inflammation (the normal body response to injury or infection) in various organs which causes the symptoms of lupus to appear. If severe or untreated, this inflammation may cause organ damage and loss of function. Autoantibodies, meaning antibodies directed against one’s self, are involved in this process and are typical of SLE.
The doctor’s prognosis was a devastating news, describing prolonged treatment, taking expensive harsh medicine, possibly a life-long management of this condition. Things looked bleak in the natural, but for God. For God, who is our good and loving Father. God, who is omnipotent and omniscient. God, who expresses His passion for us through healing and restoring our bodies. And with that dependency on God, with a child like faith, in the moment of weakness, with total reliance on Him we began to pray, with others of like mind gathered around us. As we prayed, His Presence descended upon us with a tangible weightiness, and the healing fire of the Holy Spirit surged through my Mom’s body. Immediately, she felt the symptoms of the illness disappear. The pain in her body and the rash on her face were all gone and she felt well again, knowing she was completely healed. Upon further examination by the same specialist and another set of blood analysis, it was confined that my Mother was completely and miraculously healed, with no traces of lupus to be found.
“Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.”, we read in Matthew 18:2-4. The simplicity of a child’s faith is the most important lesson we can learn from this verse. This type of faith is the key that unlocks the kingdom’s resources. It’s the key to tapping into His full provision, His inheritance for us as sons and daughters of the Most High, His abundance of emotional and physical health . Every four-year old child anywhere in the world has the faith to believe in miracles, in healing, in God. It’s not until someone tells them otherwise and teaches against it, that they stop believing. A child is capable of complete dependence on God, accepting and loving without bias, believing without dogmatism, trusting without prejudice. Children have the keys to the kingdom of heaven!
The challenge we face, in a society that is so prosperous and wealthy, is to continue to trust God. Even in the midst of being blessed and promoted at work, we are to remember that He is the source of our provision, that all good things come from Him. Promotion doesn’t come from the east or the west, but comes from the Lord. The moment we lose sight of that and put our reliance in the business we work for, we have limited God and stopped up the realization of His fullness in our lives.
“He wants us to be more childlike, more humble, more grateful in prayer, to remember we all belong to the body of Christ, which is praying always.”