Among the aspects of my stroke recovery that I find amazing are the many positive influences on my continued progress. The Bible has been a major factor. I have absorbed and meditated on the scriptural accounts of the different avenues God used for healing in both the Old and New Testaments.
One example is the account of Jesus’ healing 10 lepers in Luke 17. After the lepers called out to him to have mercy on their condition, apparently His only action, as recorded by the physician Luke, was to tell them to go and show themselves to the priest, a step necessary for officially confirming they were disease free and could reenter community life. Here are the verses from Luke 17 that hit me upside the head recently:
14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.
15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice.
16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.
I have read that account for years, taking from it lessons about God’s willingness to heal and that we should always thank God for his blessings.
But my latest lesson was the timing of the lepers’ healing. They were healed “as they went.” They took Jesus at his word and started on their way to do exactly what he had told them to do. They didn’t wait until the evidence appeared that their disease was gone.
That is a practice I am working on in my stroke recovery, to trust “as I go.” I am happy to report that evidence of healing as I go continues to appear.
Another Bible passage, Psalm 68:19-20 expresses my thanks:
19 Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens.
20 Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign Lord comes escape from death.
Psalm 68:19-20, New international Version