"At times it is within God's plan to heal physically in the miraculous way we have requested, and anticipated....However, there are many times when it appears as though God does not hear, or respond....He seems to be silent. It's as though He has turned away. But has He?....."
[Excerpt from my book WORTHY IN HIS EYES: Part Six: WORTHY: BY GOD'S SAVING GRACE ALONE...Chapter Two: MIRACLES] © Kathleen M. Pritchard
Often, as Christians we tend to wonder why God doesn't answer our pleas for physical healing. Did we not pray hard enough? Did we not read our Bibles enough or did we not have enough faith? Yet God, in His mercy and grace does not ask us to try to muster up more faith. Instead He encourages us to step back and look at what He's doing in our lives....right now.
In the early years following my accident I did not recognize this. Many people were lifting me up in prayer--many were asking for total restoration. So why was this invisible culprit still causing chaos in my life even though I was trying with all my might to overcome it?
I wanted the "old" me back! It never once occurred to me that God may not want the "old" Kathie re-established! It took a long time for me to completely surrender my own personal requests for physical healing as I thought it should be. He could have done things differently...He was fully capable of doing that....but He chose not to. Instead of mentally fighting against that reality, I began to release my grip on what I wanted back.
Gradually, a new sense of freedom emerged. I started to experience miracles of a different kind--miracles of the heart. Oswald Chamber's Devotional Book "My Utmost for His Highest" was an incredible source of strength for me. One daily devotion in particular challenged me in such a healthy way. He said, "Beware of harking back to what you were once when God wants you to be something you have never been." [1963 Edition, with permission]
This was a powerful changing point for me!! I became extremely eager to see what God wanted to do with my life and where He would lead me. This open surrender to Him empowered me to look forward to the future, to accept this new journey with anticipation-not dread, to place complete trust in the One who was performing miracles in my life despite my blindness to them.
I do not want to be blind to any miracle He has chosen to bless my life with, searching instead for other speculative miracles that would not produce the same fruit within me. I want to be all that HE wants me to be, and the only way I can do that is to trust Him, hold tight to His hand and follow where He leads.
Yes, our Almighty God does miraculously heal...sometimes physically, sometimes within the heart. Both are blessed and precious gifts. But if you are praying for healing, no matter what kind, and He seems silent I encourage you to fully place your trust in Him. For when God is silent He is doing His mightiest work.
"Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for Him to act." Psalm 37: 7a NLT
"You are the God who performs miracles...." Psalm 77: 14a NIV
"Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen." Psalm 77: 19 NIV
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