Last week I was completely on bed rest because of fever. All throughout the last few months, I was running here and there, and finally God decided I should get some rest. Thank God for His mercy and grace. Through this resting period, I learned few interesting things. Let me share few of them with you.
Lesson #1: Nothing happens without God’s knowledge
When I was diagnosed with Dengue fever, I started to figure out how and when was the last time any mosquito bite me. I found out that it was in the railway station, last Sunday as I was coming back from a camp. Then worrying thoughts came: Oh I shouldn’t have gone there. I should have traveled at a different time (as I traveled at 3 am in the morning). I should have cancelled that program and so on.
I was supposed to travel to Hyderabad for my cousin’s wedding and also had plans to meet my friends at Hyderabad. But it was just one day before the travel date that I went down with flu. What a disaster! I thought within myself, “If only I had escaped that mosquito bite, I would have enjoyed the vacation at Hyderabad along with friends and relatives”
When I was being worried about all these, this verse came to my mind.
29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Matt 10)
In other words, even a mosquito cannot bite us without our Father knowing about it. So I was rest assured that God was in perfect control.
Then another verse came to my aid:
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8: 28
This assurance gave me immense hope and confidence. I knew that God cares for us, and He is there to take care of us till the end of our lives. Yes, we have to be careful in taking precaution against diseases, but no matter how we try, only God can really protect us. So it is wise to trust in Him completely.
That was the first lesson: Nothing happens without His knowledge, and everything happens for a good reason, which we will come to know later.
Lesson #2 The sick really need a doctor
By this time, I got chance to meet 4 doctors within one week. Each time, I went to hospital, I was observing other patients and how the doctors were treating them.
ew were really sick, some were even not able to stand. I could really witness the helplessness of people. Once a person becomes sick, all he wants is to get healing as soon as possible. That’s when I remembered this verse:
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” Mark 2: 17
The beautiful service of a doctor becomes so precious to the patient that he follows all the instructions of the doctor diligently.
I observed one important thing: The patients and the bystanders were very attentive to the doctor that they were willing to do anything the doctor advises, so that they could be healed soon. The trust they had on doctors were great!
That’s when I understood what Jesus was referring to, in the second part of His statement: ” I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
If the patient really needs a doctor, then a sinner really needs the Spiritual Doctor Jesus. The moment a sinner bows down to heed the instruction of the Senior Doctor Jesus, God will start prescribing His unchanging plan of salvation, to the sinner and save him from the eternal virus called sin.
This reminded me that, each and every time, we kneel before God, we need to humble ourselves and trust God as He speaks to us, His precious Word of God. That’s when the true healing and divine peace fills our heart, soul and mind. It’s all about how humble we are to listen to His voice.
Lesson #3 Ultimate word of healing comes only from God
I was constantly worried about the complications of Dengue fever. I was terrified by the information available on internet regarding the after effects and all. I was bit worried. At the same time, I could hear a gentle whisper in my mind: My child, why are you worried? Am I not with you.
Many times we are quick to believe what the doctors say or what the report says. But let me give you one instance. My blood was taken for blood test, and was given to one Laboratory. They said, it would take 3 hours for results to come. So we went to another laboratory to give one blood sample for test, as they said, they can get the results even more faster. We had to consult the doctor with the results before he left. After few hours, we got the results from two labs. The results were shocking. Both had entirely two different values, even though blood was taken almost at the same time.
Then I told my parents, let’s do one thing. Next time, we will give the same sample to 3 or 4 labs and will take the average to confirm. 😛
I was reminded of the eternal Word of God, which does not change like the medical reports.
Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away Matt 24: 35
God’s word changes not! So I trusted more on the Word of God.
for I am the Lord, who heals you
And He never disappointed me. After few days, did the test again in another laboratory. The result was Dengue NEGATIVE. I am totally healed.
“If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you
God is my healer! So don’t put your 100% trust in doctors. You can listen to their advice, but put your trust in God, who is capable of doing anything and everything.
Lesson #4 Do not allow the sickness to affect the mind
I asked the doctor: Doctor, when can I resume my work? She said, It all depends on how strong you are in your mind. If you think you are strong enough, then you can resume shortly!
Those words gave immense strength and confidence to my mind. She is the best doctor. The other 3 doctors were speaking more about medicines and dosages etc, but this doctor was speaking life into me.
We need to take utmost care not to lose hope. We need to guard our hearts and minds. Do not listen to the words of friends or relatives. They will try to console you, by scaring you more. But listen to God when you are sick. He will breathe living words into your heart which will make you strong and courageous.
Also one thing which I noticed was this: When I heard the result that I was completely dengue free, I quickly jumped out of bed. I felt even more stronger. Half of my tiredness flew away. How? This good news brought new hope to me. So I learned that it is all about the mind. Sickness can make us bed ridden, but if we guard our minds, it cannot touch our minds. We can continue remaining healthy in our minds.
Above all else, guard thy heart; for out of it flows the issues of life. Prov 4: 23
Lesson #5 Be thankful
Last but not the least, we need to be extra thankful for the great health, God has given us. It is absolutely FREE. The moment you get admitted in a hospital, you will notice that your bank balance decreases. Each and every thing demands money. That’s a fact. This should remind us of how great and valuable our health is. Sickness is a gentle reminder to be thankful to God.
I started thanking God more and more, for the wonderful health He has given me. We need to be thankful to God for the money He has given us, so that we could get the best treatment; for our parents who took care of us; for the company managers who granted us sick leave; for the vehicle God has given us to reach hospital soon; for the strength to wait for the doctor etc. There are a lot of things to be thankful for. Count your blessings in your bed, and God will be pleased with your attitude of gratitude and reward you with more health, peace and happiness.
Now, let me declare to you that I am perfectly alright. From tomorrow onwards, I am back to work. Thank you Jesus.