After my Mom passed away in 2009 we divided up her many Bibles that she used. Mom wrote in her Bibles and many times as I read what she’s written I imagine the hours she spent reading and studying God’s word.
One thing Mom has written over and over in her Bibles is this prayer. Heal Jonathan! Jonathan is my nephew (my sister’s oldest son). But what happens when healing doesn’t come?
Jonathan has moderate to severe hearing loss and has to wear hearing aids. Mom being the typical grandmother wanted more than anything for Jonathan to be healed. She worried like any of us would, that this might be a stumbling block for Jonathan in life.
But God had a bigger plan. He was going to use Jonathan’s hearing loss and through it God was going to be glorified.
I love the song by Laura Story called Blessings. Here are some of the lyrics:
We pray for blessings,We pray for peace
Comfort for family, protection while we sleep
We pray for healing, for prosperity
We pray for Your mighty hand to ease our suffering
All the while, You hear each spoken need
Yet love us way too much to give us lesser things
‘Cause what if your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
What if a thousand sleepless nights are what it takes to know You’re near
What if trials of this life are Your mercies in disguise
Oh how I wish Mom was here to see Jonathan now! To see how God is using him even without healing Him. God is faithful even in our suffering.
A few Sundays ago Jonathan sang at our church and it was such a blessing, I want to share it with you.
Have you seen God glorified through suffering in your own life?
Praying you have a blessed Sunday!