I don’t know about you, but I need reminders. I need all sorts of reminders – to pay the milk bill to our local farmer, to take out the garbage for Wednesday trash pick up, to take my cod liver oil before dinner, and to schedule posts on my business Facebook page. I even have a reminder in my phone to stop and breathe deeply everyday! Imagine that. I even need a reminder to relax.
But more than these earthly reminders, I need the reminder that God is my Healer. He is my healer physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Recently, I’ve been somewhat discouraged about my health journey. I have so many food sensitivities and skin problems. They have been my constant and unwelcome companion for several years. I feel like I’ve plateaued. I still react to some foods. I’m still itchy and red. I have auto-immune flare-ups, where my skin becomes bright red over several days, then cracks and sometimes bleeds. It’s difficult to hide, since it’s concentrated on my face. Not so fun or comfortable. After over two years on the grain-free, low-inflammatory GAPS diet, I wonder if I’ll ever see full healing. I’m doing all the right things, and the healing is so slow.
I have to be strict about what I eat everyday to feel well. At the same time, I’ve already experienced so much improvement with a real food diet that it’s easy for me to believe that my healing comes only from eating the right foods for my body. Read more about My Health Story. Yes, real food has been my wonderful helper. My readers know that I’m passionate about the gluten-free diet, and eating food the way God originally designed it to be. Supplements, exercise, and sleep have also been significant in my progress. But ultimately, I need to remember that God is my healer. He who formed me in the womb is also the one who heals me now. He knows my diseases and my faults, and loves me beyond my comprehension.
“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth.”
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits;
Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases;
Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion.”
Am I remembering to rest in God’s loving care and compassion? Could it be that He is delaying the answer to my prayer for more physical healing so that I can learn to trust Him more? So my faith can be strengthened?
I take great comfort in knowing that while Jesus walked this earth, he loved to heal people. He healed the blind, the lame, and even brought forth people from the dead. I believe Jesus still heals today. Though, sometimes he chooses not to. Sometimes, he says no. He didn’t promise complete healing in this earthly life. Yet he did promise that someday I will have a new body! One day, I will not cry or hurt anymore.
“Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
Lately, I’ve seen some improvement with acupuncture sessions. It’s a new thing for me. I’ve also discovered I have both common gene mutations for MTHFR, so I’m starting a new folate and B vitamin supplement that should help my auto-immune thyroid condition and detox processes. (Read more about MTHFR here.) I’m hopeful these new treatments will reset my damaged gut and bring wholeness back to my skin. But even if it doesn’t, I want to say like Job…
“The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
By God’s grace, I will persevere and be joyful and thankful in my circumstances. And I will continue to pray for healing. What is your physical struggle? Have you taken your pain to the Healer? No matter the state of your bodily health, God wants to give you peace and rest now, in your mind and in your heart. And one day, in your new body too.
“Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.”
1 Peter 5:6, 7, 10
I take great encouragement in these reminders.
As I write, God is speaking truth to my soul.
As you read, I hope God is speaking truth to your soul.