Humanity is hard-wired to pursue truth. Yet, truth is not a simple understanding. In fact, it seems like truth can be as opposite as right from wrong. Those of us who are chronically ill passionately pursue getting well for a time, but at some point, perhaps from sheer exhaustion, our pursuit must change to living well with our illness.
Is one pursuit right and the other wrong?
Two different ideas about healing
Not long ago I was blessed to passionately discuss the idea of healing with a pastor who is remarkable convicted that healing is not only possible, but an essential pursuit. His unwavering belief that our own culture seems to offer few options outside of medication and surgery was truly eye opening. He pointed toward other countries that creatively pursue healthcare through improvement of how the body works and fueling healthy living in place of fixing what is wrong.
My own belief is that scripture is clear that while God is not against physical healing. He is much more interested in our spiritual wellness. My desire to know God, to pray, to read scripture, to really live out my faith was magnified during a short illness and even more so now that I live with daily pain.
However, when my dad was diagnosed with a brain tumor, how do I reconcile that I was praying for physical healing for him and not for my own chronic illness? I thought I had made peace with the idea of healing. So I’m left pondering.
What is the truth about healing?
I think that the magnitude of God makes His will crystal clear. “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thank in all circumstances for this is God’s will for us in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
Yet the intimate relationship we experience through the power of the Holy Spirit gives each us inspiration, passions and experiences that allow us to live out God’s very personal will for each person.
Could it be that like a coin, both sides of the same argument are true? That miraculous healing is possible? That chronic illness is just as miraculous from a heavenly perspective?
Our passionate conversation ended in prayer and unity. How is this possible when neither of us changed our belief? Because maybe, like a two-sided coin, both sides of the argument are true.
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President and Co-Founder at Chronic Joy Ministry, Inc.
Pamela is a leader and a visionary following God’s call to inspire those affected by chronic illness to discover hope, find purpose, embrace worth and encounter joy. She believes that every precious life affected by chronic illness is both vital and purposed.
Pamela is the mom of three grown children, grandma of two sweet granddaughters and a wife of more than 30 years. She is diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos, chronic migraines and a host of other chronic conditions.
Pamela enjoys hot tea, reading — almost always more than one book at a time — and walking her teddy bear dog, Cocoa.