Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness.
Two weeks is long enough; yet the sickness marches on. It lingers in our home like an unpleasant odor that won’t go no matter how many candles you light. I know so many people that are praying for healing. I know we are doing our part: cleaning, applying Lysol on everything, and more hand washing than ever. I know other people who have gotten the illness and are now well again. Then I read this passage from Matthew 9:35 and I am certain it must be a curse, Jesus is going through all the towns and villages and we are the only ones who are not being healed of the sickness!
Have you felt this way before? Do you feel like this right now? Unfortunately, God does not always answer our prayers on our timeline or in the way we like. It does not mean that the character of God has changed and it does not mean you, or my family in this particular instance, are cursed.
A mark of faithfulness is to trust the love of God in the midst of the difficulty. A way we deepen our faith is through belief that God is with us when we are sick, lonely, hurting, and sad. As we start this New Year, maybe things aren’t starting out so well, it certainly hasn’t in our home, but that doesn’t give you reason to lose heart. God is faithful in our moments of trial and our moments of jubilation. Give thanks to God in the good times and in the bad times. God is the same through both.
Please do pray we get better, this sickness has gone on long enough! Happy New Year!