Moments of Healing

After much consideration, I finally decided to share with you our family’s afternoon out two Saturdays ago. But who would be interested to know about our afternoon outing when most families go out on weekends and do more exciting things? But ours, I believe, is quite unique – another testimony of God’s astounding mercy and undying faithfulness. Yes, we went out to eat, the four of us, after almost 4 years or so of not being able to do so. For most, this is just a very ordinary thing to do – it happens everywhere, everyday. But for someone who has been raised up from the sick bed that was just about to turn into a death bed, this thing was a miracle.

Inasmuch as this blog is about healing in all aspects of our being, I will share with you our story.

Two Saturdays ago, I desired to go out with the family and eat in a simple restaurant just near our place. I wanted to step out in faith once again after recovering for years after I gave birth to my son. I wanted to mark the act and celebrate all God’s goodness. (Could there be “bigger” a word than “goodness” that could contain ALL of God’s goodness? For really, these words, they are just not enough to declare how merciful our God is!). So, we went to this restaurant and the kids couldn’t contain their joy. Their mommy was going out with them, finally! For years, they went out without me – attended birthday parties, school events, Church services (I watch our Church’s services via live webcast from home), gone to outings, etc. – but now, their Mom who used to be so sick and weak and dying was with them and joining in the rejoicing.

New Year’s Day of 2010, while I was still recovering from past illness and childbirth, my breathing felt like it was coming from a deep pit inside of me that I had to muster strength just to complete one breath, and still, it wasn’t enough. Thus, began another walk through the shadow of the valley of death. What did it feel like to walk through the valley of the shadow of death? It felt like the next breath may not be yours anymore. It felt dark, scary, uncertain, and steeped with suffering. Suffering that is all over you. It is there in your sleeping and waking.

The valley of the shadow of death is sitting in bed at a late hour and your soul shouts to God to grant the body rest and let the glorious light of heaven envelope you and everything will be alright, but when you see your kids sleeping innocently, your lips utter a different cry, a cry to be shown His great mercy, a cry to be raised up from all the sickness and dying. A cry to be able to nurture these young, innocent children your body had birthed.

I am amazed at the mercy and power of God to heal and raise up a sick person like me. I never doubt His unequalled power to save, to heal, to work wonders and mighty deeds, but to be shown His great mercy? My pleadings be heard and honored? This is what it means to be BLESSED! Blessed beyond measure. For how could one measure His love and mercy? They are deeper than the ocean, higher than the heavens, wider than the Milky Way, bigger than the universe He created.

Are these just ramblings, some song lyrics that I have put together? NOT.AT.ALLl! For I know how it felt like to die, but I have also known how to be raised up by the powerful hands of God!

 Indeed we count them BLESSED who endure. You have heard of the perseverance of Job and seen the end intended by the Lord—that the Lord is very compassionate and merciful(James 5:11, emphasis added)

I am His witness. Yes, He saves! Yes, He heals! Yes, He delivers! Yes, He protects!

For all the promises of God in [Jesus] are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. (2 Cor. 1:20)

Jesus our Lord came to bring salvation, peace, and healing. All of heaven rejoiced at His birth, for it was God’s manifestation of His love. It pleased Him to fulfil His promise. It pleased Him to do us good, bringing us these good tidings of great joy, peace, and goodwill  which were to all people (Luke 2).

Shall we close our eyes and remember that day when God visited His people, when multitudes of angels singing accompanied the greatest and most important birth story. Yes, God loves us. I pray this will not be obliterated by numbness, by overstimulation by worldly things.

A note to my email subscribers: After publishing 2 new posts after the transfer, I found out that my new email subscription service plugin wasn’t live, that’s the reason why you, my precious, faithful subscribers, did not receive them. I already reinstalled my old subscription service. These are the posts you missed: He makes All Things New: Reflections on Change and When God is Silent.

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Comments

  1. Wow! WHAT A PRAISE! I’m so excited that you shared it and linked it up this week!! And I LOVE the new design!! Just beautiful.

    Lots of love to you, sweet sister and friend!

    • RinaPeru says:

      Thank you, Kate! You enjoy your time with your darling daughter. Wishing you and your family a BLESSED Christmas, my friend!

  2. Deanne MacBurnie says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautiful story of restoration! God bless you and your family during this glorious time of year! Wishing you and yours a Very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year <3

  3. Salina says:

    Oh my friend, what a wonderful story of God’s grace. Thank you for sharing.

  4. Mikah says:

    I am visiting from Missonal Women, and I am so happy to have read your story this morning. It is such a wonderful reminder of God’s care and provision in this time of preparing for Christmas.

  5. Renee says:

    What a beautiful testimony of God’s love and desire for us to be whole! . Thank you for sharing and praise God you were able to go out and eat with your family. I understand the amazing gift of doing something so normal that has been out of your reach. God bless….and Merry Christmas.

    • RinaPeru says:

      Dear Renee, I’m so sorry that I just saw your comment now. WordPress.com had put all my notifications in my old blog address. Thank you for your encouraging words. Wishing you a very blessed Christmas!

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