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Dealing with the sick (Luke 18:35-43)

3Then it happened, as He was coming near Jericho, that a certain blind man sat by the road begging. 36 And hearing a multitude passing by, he asked what it meant. 37 So they told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he cried out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”

39 Then those who went before warned him that he should be quiet; but he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me!”

40 So Jesus stood still and commanded him to be brought to Him. And when he had come near, He asked him, 41 saying, “What do you want Me to do for you?”

He said, “Lord, that I may receive my sight.”

42 Then Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.”43 And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God. And all the people, when they saw it, gave praise to God.

Taking care of sick people is not an easy job. Knowing their battle is another story. Life can be turned upside down in just a simple needle stick injury, a simple bite of a mosquito, a simple exposure in the scorching heat of the sun, a simple one night stand. Diseases come in various forms but one thing is for sure, these can lead to disability or worst, death, if not cured.

The moment I admit patients and witness their situations—a child crying because of excruciating pain, a father too thin and dying, a mom with difficulty of breathing, it sometimes occur to me, “Why does God allows us to suffer from such things?” But who am I to question Him, right? He is God and I am only his creation. No wonder I cannot fathom the depths of His wisdom.

With my experience dealing with the sick, I noticed one great thing brought about having a compromised health—it is being closer to God. What if those sleepless nights are what it takes to know that God is near? What if trials of this life are His mercies in disguise? The more challenges we face, the more we need him, the more will we draw closer to Him.

A disease should make our spiritual life stronger. It should make us not break us. If we believe that we have a Healer, there should be no reason for us to be anxious, if we believe that He holds our world in His hands, there is no reason for us to be apprehensive. If He was able to make the blind see, if He was able to raise the dead, He can cure the diseases we or our loved ones are suffering right now. We just have to believe in the power of His mighty hands. For by His stipes we are healed.

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