My brother-in-law celebrated his 60th birthday yesterday. It was a poignant occasion because, but for the grace of God, he wouldn’t have lived to share the milestone with family and friends.
That’s because he suffered a stroke two years ago that left him blind and without full use of his motor skills. His loved ones feared that he would be one of the 140,000 Americans who succumb each year to stroke, the third-leading cause of death in this country.
But a miraculous thing happened: My brother-in-law regained his sight. Then he recovered his motor skills.
Within the next year, his health was restored to the point that he actually completed a marathon.
As I watched him yesterday eating, drinking and making merry, the thought occurred that I was in the presence of a true-to-life Lazarus. That my brother-in-law, a man of faith, lived to see his 60th birthday is a testament that God continues to heal today as he did during Biblical times.
He remains Jehovah Rapha.
And just as I witnessed, first hand, the Almighty’s healing, there are others reading these words who have, themselves, been healed. Or, if not them, then a family member or a friend or a coworker or a member of their church family
To all those who have borne witness to such healing, I say rejoice. For blessed are you to see the Lord reveal himself in such a powerful way. And it is not an extraordinary experience you should keep to yourself. You need to share it when the Holy Spirit presents the opportunity.
For there are many among us, including some Christ followers, who believe the time of miracles ended when Christ Himself ascended to the Father. They doubt that the Almighty responds to prayers for His divine intervention.
But I am persuaded that the Lord continues to perform miracles each and every day. But because we are living in a fallen world, an increasingly secularist society, we see through a glass darkly. We don’t recognize a miracle when it’s right in front of us.
As when a man who, but for Jehovah Rapha, would have been lying beneath a gravestone yesterday, was, instead, blowing out the candles on his birthday cake.