Ah, challenges! We all face them. I can’t speak for you, but I often face them reluctantly. Not always. For example, this Daily Post Prompt Challenge is a challenge I both enjoy and strongly recommend your participation in. On the other hand, when nearly 5 years ago, I was diagnosed with an incurable eye disease, that was a challenge I feared. You see, I had just moved 900 miles from all that was familiar to begin a new life in a new state which in my heart is “God’s Country” for sure, just as your favorite destination likely is for you!
Reaching this point in my life was exciting for me. It was a true gift from God that I arrived when I did and landed where I did. Oh, the stories I will tell in other posts . . . but just months after my arrival as I anxiously seeked a full-time job, and did all the other settling in things, the added weight of facing a somewhat treatable but incurable eye disease? Ouch. My vision became weak and thus a costly trip to a retinologist without a job or health insurance led to a worrisome problem for economic reasons as well as for health reasons and finding constant treatments required made it more challenging still.
I am at this time without employment and have had only temporary positions of employment since the move but my faith was never shaken since the Lord in his infinite love has made it clear that He is in control and has a plan. My eyesight has improved greatly since my initial diagnosis, but has still been quite weak. However, two weeks ago, something remarkable happened. God’s will and His timing is perfect. I can’t say I always understand it right away, I have felt in my soul that I am at a point in my life where the spiritual season is about to change. I have wondered how, with sight still weak, this will work out.
Two weeks ago, one of my priests at church prayed for me for healing and other needs. It became immediately apparent that some healing had taken place. My pain and my strength of vision are both improved. My sight is much improved and seems to grow stronger by the day. My constant eye pain is gone completely. Many people believe that the miracles Jesus performed when He walked this earth are still happening today, but sadly many I have met do not agree. Well, my friends, I am living proof that in His way and in His time, He still heals today. It is just as though He was still here today in human form touching us with His human hand and saying, as He’s so often been quoted in the Bible “Be cured!”
Regarding this specific challenge: we were asked to turn to page 82 of the book nearest to us and to find the third complete sentence on the page and to incorporate it into a post. I was just given a book as a gift. The book, one I highly recommend, is called “Healing” by author Francis McNutt. The story I just related is true as you may know in part from other posts I’ve shared. What was the third sentence? “Be Cured!” I believe He wanted me to relate this story as I’ve just now done for a purpose and thus had me just now find the email which led to this post and that it is no coincidence that McNutt’s book was near. Praise Him with me, won’t you?