‘Biceps’ the Bible Way
My college buddy was healed by God decades ago.
She was young. She got cancer. He healed her. She died.
That said …
I’m always fascinated when God miraculously heals people. It’s not that I don’t believe. I believe. It’s just SO awesome!
So, it was no different for me when I witnessed my pal, “Sib” get her big, bodacious blessing.
Before she became a Christian, she always gurgled a little kid’s laugh to accompany that brilliant smile of hers. I can see her face in my mind, grinning as she ate her signature Steak-umm and green peas sandwich! Once she became a Christian, she was still wrapped in smiles. After God healed her body, she smiled even more (and continued to eat that peas and Steak-umm cuisine). That was just her way.
But, I guess Sib was growing gradually in her faith long before she was diagnosed with cancer. That’s where our hope lies – in believers’ boot camp!
Most Christians don’t just wake up with a steely capacity to pray, worship and even sing their way through a life-altering event. We need to make tiny, incremental moves toward cementing our spiritual endurance.
So rather than talk about those grand incidents of faith that take us from car wrecks to cancer, let’s consider the more mundane stuff of life.
How about going on a fast? Right now – I can almost see the eye rolls and tensed jaws! If you’ve never done one before – for example, the Daniel Fast – consider taking baby steps. This fast normally runs for 21 days (www.allaboutprayer.org/daniel-fast.htm).
Commit to one day as a start. That may not seem long, but one day is better than none. It’s just enough of a stretch without seeming so monumental that you fail and never try again. Six months later, reach for two days.
Small successes will give you the confidence to aim for longer, and possibly, more challenging fasts. This way, you build your faith stamina. Your faith muscle.
Don’t wait for a terminal illness or some other catastrophe that would knock out a newbie Christian – or anyone, for that matter. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego had plenty of “practice” opportunities to fortify their resolve before being thrown in the blazing furnace.
From puny to pumped!
God gives all believers a measure of faith, and he expects us to build it up … brick by brick.
When the cancer came back, Sib still had that smile. She lived life with even more passion. I didn’t think she was going to die. I can’t say for sure what she thought. But based on some things she said, it seems that surviving cancer the first time armored her in a new layer of toughness.
A faith miracle is not only in the overcoming, it’s also about coming under submission – and peace – to God’s will. Sib was doing her thing, living out her goals with the time she had left. She had this little red car that she “dedicated to service to God” in driving older people around to church and to do their errands.
She lived her best God life on earth.
Maybe that’s why my friend was able to smile before “c”, after … and then after again.
Bott, E. (2015) “Career Calling, and Well-Being: Examination of Religiousness and Spirituality in a Well-Being Model.” Journal of Psychology and Christianity, Vol. 34, No. 4