This morning Richard and I took communion at our son’s bedside. We talked, as we have all week, about heaven and healing, and the past and the future. And once more we talked about where the victory lies in this situation, whatever the outcome.
There are so many healings in the bible, but what happened to those people who were saved from their illness? Eventually, they died. No-one stays on this earth forever.
So what were the healings for? To demonstrate God. To show us He is the creator and sustainer of life, He is the healer, His power is greater than ANY force in this universe, He has great compassion for those in need and, especially when he raised the dead, that He has complete victory over death, destruction and despair. He is Lord of life and defeater of death. That’s what healings show.
Jesus’ death on the cross brought us freedom from sin and healing for our bodies. Most importantly, it made a way to God. On this earth, that means that we can know God and walk with Him and not be a slave to sin, but beyond this earth, it means we get to spend eternity with Him.
Eternity. With. Him.
It’s what we were created for – being with God. It’s why this world will never bring us the happiness and satisfaction that we yearn for inside. We were created for being with God. And Jesus achieved that for us.
On this earth, we get an insight into what that’s like. In heaven, we get the real deal.
We would like another miracle – that of keeping our son a bit longer. But the real miracle has already happened. Knowing God and being known by God. Our son has experienced this, we have experienced this, and even through our story, which ought to cause gloom and despair, more people are beginning to know this.
Watching our son slip further away from being the boy we know is still incredibly painful. But now there is peace. Our tears are not out of fear. Our sorrow is not out of despair. There is as much victory in this stale hospital room as there as ever been in a temporary earthly miracle, and this victory will last forever.