One of the stories of the Bible that never ceases to amaze me is the woman with the issue of blood. She goes to see Jesus with the faith that if she can touch the fringe of his garment that she will be healed (Mark 5).
How many of us possess such faith? I had a terrible sinus infection last week. I had faith in Augmentin and albuterol, but not to reach out and touch the hem of my Savior’s garment for healing.
Lord, forgive my unbelief.
3 thoughts on “The hem of Your garment”
Don’t beat yourself up. Faith is something that grows – it doesn’t spring forth fully mature. As you excercise, it gets stronger. Recongizing where you missed the mark is a vital first step.
I often struggle with sinus infections myself. Sometimes my prayers for healing are answered quickly, sometimes not so much. As you’ve already figured out, it is OK to take those medications, as long as your know in your heart that He is the healer.
My son had surgery last week and we were at the hospital with him all week. The week before, I was fighting a bad sinus infection, so bad I was having dizzy spells. I asked the Lord to take care of it so I could be there for my son. The entire week of the surgery I was headache free!
Hang in there.
I found your blog a couple months ago looking up what could cause salt to lose its savor. I read your post about being diagnosed with Hashimoto’s disease and my heart cried out for you. About a year and a half ago I discovered I had a condition that would VERY tightly restrict my diet: no gluten (initially), now no refined flour, no sugar (and most of the ‘healthy’ substitutes), no yeast, no milk, no preservatives or additives, etc, etc. Oh how I cried! This didn’t fit very well into my life plan and I didn’t understand why this had to come in the middle of my childbearing years. Wasn’t I taking good care of my body?
During this process I pondered a lot about the story of the woman touching Jesus’ hem. This last week I have pondered about the lepers as my ankles and wrists have swollen and reacted violently to bug bites in relation to my condition. How were they “made whole”? They suffered so long before the physical healing came. I know our physical conditions are orchestrated to make both our body and spirits “whole.”
I am not over my condition. I’ll probably deal with it the rest of my life, but it has become a means for my Heavenly Father to express His love to me. One very clear example of this is that my relationship with my earthly father has flourished. He has a similar condition, but even more serious. He taught me what foods to cut out first and how to do it, even when it’s inconvenient and socially awkward. (In fact, I feel it has improved my social life. Instead of munching on the same dessert as everyone else, my mouth is free to talk and REALLY express love to others). He has shared his heart with me as he’s explained his struggles and triumphs and we both think about each other so much that we know when to call when the other is struggling physically or emotionally. My heart is so much more apt to be full of gratitude now. Any day without hives is a great reason to rejoice and I continue to marvel at all the beautiful, nourishing foods God has created for us, his children.
I didn’t mean for this to be so long, but know that my heart goes out to you and you are in my prayers. Here’s a talk called “That we might not shrink.” It’s about having the faith to not be healed (or to wait to be healed). It has been very powerful for me and I hope it will strengthen you too.
This url includes the entire devotional. Elder Bednar’s talk starts at 18:40 min (after the song, prayer and Sister Bednar’s address).
Thank you so much for your comment and your prayers. They are much coveted. I will check out the talk.
Praise God that you have become closer to your earthly father!