Recently our delightful young associate pastor was sharing an illustration in his sermon about a friend of his who suffered dreadfully from most probably bi-polar disorder and a personality disorder. When she crashed into the pits of depression and was suicidal, he and others lovingly tended to her, encouraged her to get help and finally, when she slowly but surely burned them all out with her “misery is me” mentality and claimed that only God could heal her, they sadly in turn did what they had to do and walked away to care for their own emotional tanks, which had been drained dry by her sense of entitlement and victimhood.
My young pastor was obviously distressed that, no matter how hard she – and her friends – had prayed, they believed that God had chosen not to heal this young woman. I hope that it was of comfort to him when I shared with him that God HAD given this young woman MANY opportunities to be healed – referrals to good physicians and competent counselors – and SHE had chosen not to accept healing in the form it was offered. This young woman had decided that healing could only come through a divine lightning bolt.
This makes as much sense to me as those who refuse to take a mood stabilizer medication, or seek counseling for a life issue, when they are quite content to wear eyeglasses because their vision is blurry or get a pacemaker implanted if their heart is out of whack. Your brain is an organ, just like your heart, your liver, your kidney, your eyes …. get the picture? If we stop looking at getting help for our brain as meaning something is “wrong” with us, as in “I don’t want people to think I am crazy” and just treat your brain as you would any other organ, people might actually allow God to heal them.
God uses people, medication, physical intervention ….. to heal. WE are the hands, feet and heart of Jesus.