by Charles Eaton
I tried to heal someone this week.
I have a friend who is extremely sick, as in die-any-day type of sick. Furthermore, he doesn’t believe salvation is for him and rejects Jesus as his Savior and Friend. Lately it has become nearly impossible for him to feel any type of love from God, his family, or his friends because his sickness is clouding his thoughts.
I have done, quite literally, everything I can think of in order to show him the love of God. I have prayed the tears out of my eyes. I’ve tried Bible studies. Prayer circles. Different doctors. Just being a listener. Pastoral counseling. I can’t list all the things I’ve tried. But he got worse, not better. With every change in tactic I expected some type of improvement, yet there has been no change in his sickness or in his soul.
There is no prayer like a desperate prayer. At one point I got so downcast that I asked God to violate his free will and save him no matter what he wants. I was, and kinda-sorta-but-not-really still am dead serious about that despite how I know that the destruction of free will precedes the destruction of true love.
Lately, my best friend and I have been talking about miracles. About how Jesus essentially said that even a little faith could move a mountain if it was hindering the work of God. About how Jesus said His disciples would do greater and more things than He ever did. About whether these and other statements were meant specifically for His 12 disciples in that cultural context or if they are timeless principles.
I thought to myself: If only my friend wasn’t sick, he still might not choose God, but at least the choice would be clearer. If only my friend wasn’t sick, maybe he could feel love again. If only my friend wasn’t sick, his judgment would be normal…
I asked God to give me the authority over this type of disease. I told God He could take the authority away from me after the disease was gone. I had almost asked God that question earlier this month, but I didn’t yet trust myself to ask not out of caring for my friend, but out of doubt that God would do it on His own. I just wanted to give him a clear mind, so that maybe, possibly, prayerfully, he will choose to follow Christ.
So I tried to heal someone this week.
Didn’t work. And I feel dumb.
Thy will be done……so easy to say. So difficult to mean.