If You Are Willing

This post is a part of the Five Minute Friday link up. We write for just 5 minutes on a one-word prompt, without heavy editing, and see what happens. Today’s prompt is “willing.”

“While He was in one of the cities, behold, there was a man covered with leprosy; and when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and implored Him, saying, “Lord, if You are willing, You can make me clean.”And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately the leprosy left him” (Luke 5:12-13 NASB).

I have a friend, Marcey, whose 22-year-old daughter, Julia, became very ill. After many weeks, a large mass was discovered in her abdomen that was pushing all her organs out of the way. She was in excruciating, debilitating pain. Surgery was performed and 90+ percent of the tumor was removed. Within 6 weeks, it had grown back.

The doctors were stymied. Even the top tumor experts were not able to figure out what this tumor was. It had never been seen before.

As friends were rallied to pray, radiation and chemo therapies were applied. At one point, Marcey told me they thought they were going to lose her. She was so weak. There didn’t seem to be any hope.

And yet we prayed.

Julia

Julia sporting her new wig (photo courtesy her mom)

Just two days ago, Marcey reported that there has been a turnaround in Julia’s prognosis. The chemotherapy is working and the tumors are shrinking. The doctor’s are jubilant as is her family. Today she is off her pain pump and trusting God for a future that just weeks ago she wasn’t sure she would have.

She’s a walking miracle.

We asked God to be willing to heal her, and His answer was, “Yes.”

But we know that’s not always His answer in this life. But He is always our portion. Whether healed in this life or not, we always have our hope in Him.

Even though my 5 minutes are up, I’m going to add a note here that this is a way bigger subject than can be tackled in just 5 minutes. This story is fresh on my heart and I wanted to share it, but I know that there are so many people who have not experienced healing of either themselves or a loved one. I lost both my mom and my grandmother to cancer and have known many others who have succumbed to this dread disease. There are no guarantees of physical healing here on earth, but I stand on the fact that God is good. Whether His healing happens here or not, He is good and He redeems all things. If you or someone you love is in need of God’s healing touch, keep praying: Your will be done.

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10 thoughts on “If You Are Willing

  1. Beautiful post Stephanie! Thank you for sharing! I love that scripture. ❤
    Visiting from FMF #21

    Blessings,
    Lynne

  2. Praying for Julia, for Marcey, and for you, Steph, their loving friend.

    Y’all inspired some verse. Hope you like it.

    I wish that God would take my cancer,
    but I’m not sure it would be right,
    for on this path I’ve found an answer
    and a hope-glow in the night.
    We all of us are marked to die,
    that’s just the way it rumbles,
    But perhaps there is a way that I
    might soften others’ tumbles.
    There is a God that sings to me
    in the caverns of despair,
    and I can write the victory
    of His Love that bids me fair.
    My hand in His, I reach to you
    in love and faith, to pull you through.

    #1 at FMF this week.

    https://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2019/07/your-dying-spouse-644-please-tell-us.html

  3. thank you for the encouraging story, Stephanie. Yes, we pray and learn to trust in the praying I think. I’ll be remembering Julia

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