The Cure

Matthew 19:26 "Jesus looked at them and said, with man this impossible, but with God all things are possible." NIV

My mare, Mama had a crippled front leg when I bought her. How it happened, I don't know. For many years she wore a leg brace which was helpful in keeping her comfortable and mobile. One morning however we looked out to the corral and saw that she was limping badly. The limp quickly grew worse and then came the morning she was on three legs.

The time had come. A horse can't get around on three legs. We had the grave dug. I notified the vet to let her know and asked if there was anything else that we could possibly do to avoid the inevitable.

An email response arrived back outlining the possibility of some hope. I was to stop by the clinic and pick up a prescription for a drug which would either work or wouldn't work on her situation. Mama was to receive five injections over a four to five month period.

The first injection was administered. Mama began to slowly improve. A month later, the second injection was shot home and then the incredible happened. Within days, Mama was running and rolling and chasing about the corral. The whole family was stunned. How could this be? In the seven years we had, had her, never had we seen the like of what was happening in front of us: amazing, totally amazing.

This transformation brought to my mind the story from Acts 3:1-8 where Peter and John, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, commanded a man crippled from birth to walk. After being helped to his feet the man's feet and ankles became strong and he jumped up and went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God. How amazing, totally amazing.

Both cures came from God. And in each case God worked through man to bring about the cure. In Mama's case it was through God-given medical wisdom that brought about the discovery of a helpful drug. In the beggar's case it was through Holy Spirit healing power coursing through two of Jesus' disciples.

Both of these cases seemed hopeless and yet they were not. God brought about a cure in his own way and his own time.

Sometimes I feel hopeless too about things which need healing in my life, things which I have no control over. Perhaps you go through similar periods. Yet with God, the scriptures tell us that all things are possible, and God is not a liar, therefore we are never without hope. We may not know how God will change our situation or when or where or why. But as we continue to place our faith in him, even amidst our hopelessness, we can definitely trust and know that only good things will be the ultimate outcome, a healing power within itself.

"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV

Prayer: Lord thank you for your healing power. Bless us each today in whichever way we need it the most. And though we believe Lord, help us in our unbelief that our faith might be increased and refreshed blessing us with the light and joy of hope renewed. In Christ's name we pray. Amen.

Lynne Phipps Atlin, B.C.

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