My neurologist just put me through my least favourite range of tests since being diagnosed with MND / ALS.
These electromyogram and nerve conduction tests are gruelling and painful.
They involve the signals to and from my muscles and brain being measured by using electric shock.
Other treatments, like the 3 hour immunoglobulin infusions I have once a month, are a breeze in comparison.
Light exercise to boost my happy endorphins, a drug for MND / ALS patients called “rilutek” said to increase life expectancy by 3-6 months, juicing for breakfast, and a cocktail of about 40 vitamins I have self-prescribed through my own research have all become a regular part of my life.
Taking it deeper, daily I pray and believe for Jesus’ life, light and love to flow through my body, bringing life to my motor neurons.
I read my Bible and meditate on God’s word and His presence in my life, bringing my mind into a place of peace, not worry.
Why do I do all this stuff?
Why do I fight this disease with medicines and subject my body to research? Why do I hang my hope on the life-giving power of God’s word?
It’s because I believe in the power of prayer and the word of God that brings life and transforms.
I also believe that God has blessed man with wisdom and knowledge to appropriate healing through medicine.
Is there a tension between me doing what I can and believing God for a miracle?
Yes, there is a tension and for the Christian living in a fallen world: there always will be.
I personally walk the line between doing what I can in the natural, and believing God to do what He can in the supernatural.
They are not mutually exclusive.
We don’t disqualify God from intervening in our situation by relying on man’s advancement in medicine.
I believe God is at work in a number of ways in sickness and health through:
- the supernatural intervention of Gods miraculous power
(e.g. defying doctor’s predictions and seeing a medical turnaround. like people healed from cancer);
- the process of regeneration in our body that has been created by God
(e.g. the body healing itself from scrapes and bruises);
- medicines and medical advancements of our time, a gift of God’s wisdom and knowledge to man
(e.g. antibiotics to treat an infection, or radiation to treat cancer); and
- the comfort and wonder of one day entering heaven and eternity, a place God has prepared with no sickness or sorrow
(e.g. death of our physical body causing us to pass from this life to the next).
All are expressions of God’s love, care and kindness towards a world that will continue to struggle against sickness and disease.
If you are sick today, I would encourage you to do whatever is available for you to do as provided by God through medical advancement and trust God to do what only He can do.
This will bring you great peace.