Had a conversation yesterday with a friend who has suffered much. I mean, a lot! She has been a good sounding board for me over the last years as we have walked through Joanne's situation. She definitely has a unique perspective. A lot of times when we talk we get a chuckle of of the things people say to try to make us feel better. Obviously we are quick to acknowledge that people really do want to be an encouragement but sometimes that uplifting word just creates more questions than it does answers. So here's one:
God promises healing, but does that mean that He promises healing on this side of Heaven or is He more often talking about the restoration that will occur in each and every one of His children what we pass away and enter His presence? I need to go back to scripture and re-read some of the key passages on healing and view them through this lens.
My friend talked about the fact that both doctors and the scriptures can be correct even if they seem to be saying completely opposite things. Doctor: no, you're not going to get any better. God: I will heal you. In an eternal perspective both of those things can be true.
Interesting food for thought. Would love to hear your take on this in the comments.