“He will wipe every tear from their eyes.” (NIV)
When Tom Long was in training to be a pastor, his supervisor sent him to visit some families in the Carolinas. One of them was a mother with a bunch of children.
But one of the children—whom we’ll call Robert—wasn’t included in the activities in the same way as the other children. He was born with cerebral palsy and always stood at a distance, watching others having fun from the outside.
One day on a subsequent visit, Long was there alone with the mother. She needed to tell him something. A few days before, she was home alone with Robert. She was sitting in the living room while Robert stood at the end of the hallway, watching her from a distance.
She felt a shift in the room that caused her to look down the hallway toward Robert. This is what she said next: “I saw Jesus with his arm around Robert’s shoulder.”
She looked away, and then quickly back. But this time she only saw Robert.
“For the first time since he was born,” she said, “I saw my son as already healed in the power of God.”
I share that story with you because it’s surrounded in mystery and magnitude. There’s a beauty that I don’t totally understand. A power that resists exact explanation.
Kind of like God.
But I share it with you today in case you need the reassurance that our God is a God who heals. Speaking about this very thing, writer Max Lucado says that God heals you either instantly, gradually, or ultimately. What he means is that God heals you right away, or through time, or ultimately in heaven.
Instantly. Gradually. Or ultimately.
Take courage. Fear not. All pain and worry is temporary. You may not see it yet. But in Christ, you are healed.
By Matthew Ruttan