Hello! My name is David. I love Jesus, am a full time husband, father, creative arts pastor, blogger, lover of life, and… have multiple chronic diseases.
I’m sure you weren’t expecting me to mention that last point. Trust me, I would have rather put my best foot forward.
We humans don’t typically start conversations with, “Hi, I have multiple incurable diseases that I deal with on a daily basis and I haven’t been healed! How are you?”
Of course, I’m not unique.
There are millions of people all over the world who are crippled, mentally challenged, racked with cancer, pained with arthritis, and covered head to toe with 3rd degree burns.
There are babies who are dying as you read this and starving children suffering under a blistering hot sun without a drop of water in sight.
I know, that was intense. And you probably won’t see this theme in Jim Gaffigan’s next comedy routine.
But it’s good for us to think about life in this way. We are surrounded by pain. Injustice. Suffering.
People every day stare at the heavens, asking, “Why not me, Lord? Why am I not healed?”
It’s sort of an awkward conversation in many church circles.
I’ve been prayed for hundreds of times. I have faith. But I have not been healed.
I find it unfortunate that the church has not been a safe place for these kinds of questions. Too easily we offer quick, canned answers, scold those who suffer, or simply ignore them as we enjoy our comfortable lives.
Today, I want to propose a different conversation.
- What if you have not been healed?
- What comfort is there in your sickness?
- What steps can you take in this season of your life?
- How would you relate to God if you never got healed on this earth?
I don’t want to offer simple answers or a “10 Steps to Dealing with your Discomfort.” I want the conversation to take off. Let’s challenge one another in our pain.
I will say this…
What To Do If You’re Sick
Pray for healing. Yes.
But don’t let your suffering stop you from releasing amazing grace into your world today. I believe in the miraculous power of Jesus but I’m also not going to wait on the sidelines, pray for healing, and join the “inactive” roster.
I’m going to get up… even if I were to lose my legs…
And with my every breath…even if I lost it entirely…
Serve the purpose of God in my generation. No excuses.
Do you see it? There’s no setback for the man or woman of God…only stepping stones to greater things.
Matter of fact, oftentimes God uses your suffering to display His greatness more than your healing. Because your suffering shows His worth to the world. Your suffering shows that He is truly better than life.
No, I’m not one of those anti-healing people who delight in pain and suffering. That’s just gross.
All I know is that I live with it every day.
As I pray for healing, I still check my blood sugar every day.
As I pray for healing, I see large calcium deposits under my skin.
As I pray for healing, I realize I’m not as strong as I used to be.
I don’t tell you that so you can feel sorry for me. Honestly, most people don’t even know I struggle with this. It’s not what defines my life.
I know God is good, faithful, wise, and loves me with a relentless passion. I don’t know about you, but that’s more than enough for me.
So what do you say? What happens when you don’t get healed?
David Santistevan is a worship leader, creative arts pastor, blogger, and lover of Mexican food. He recently released a free 20-part email course for worship leaders called Next Level Worship Leading. He also things you’re awesome.