Thursday, July 28, 2011

Revelation of Love, Healing and Miracles

 8 months ago I sat on a beach in Bali, Indonesia, enjoying the waves, laughter of friends and the deepest sense of physical rest I had felt in weeks. My eyes were closed as I pondered what the next month would bring. My 4-month semester abroad was already 80% completed, and I had a black journal full of travel stories, revelations, prayers and dreams to process through. God had blessed me with an unusual peace about what my future would hold. I didn’t know what life would look like a month from that beach day. Normally that would frighten me to the point of anxiety. However, that sunny afternoon with waves crashing on white sand, I was calm despite looming final exam dates and the inability to predict or plan my life.

What interrupted that calm peace would change my whole life, in personal ways, professional ways and most importantly, in how I view God and how He manifests himself through me and to others.

I heard a man begin to pray for a local guy who had been walking up and down the beach, selling hand made bracelets for a few rupiah. Not only was this man praying, he was praying this local man would be healed of back problems...a physical healing. Up to this point in my 21 years, I believed God wanted to heal. I believed He also could heal. I had heard stories of this. But that was the extent of my thoughts and experiences with miracles and healing. It was a distant concept, and one that I had yet to seek for myself or for those around me.

That afternoon, despite a language barrier and the obvious religious clash of Christianity and Hinduism, the Holy Spirit healed through an obedient follower of Jesus and the power of Christ.

That’s all it took. I was shocked.

I was surprised, joyful, excited and even angry with myself for not pursuing this type of ministry sooner. It was from those emotions and revelations that I began my pursuit. It was a relentless hunger for the true character of God. That day on the beach began an 8-month study of healing, miracles, signs, wonders and the place from which they all flow-the furious, unhindered, overflowing LOVE of Christ.

I learned that God doesn’t just come to heal a physical part of a person-that action is like a clanging cymbal if it isn’t founded from a place of love. God heals the physical person to push for healing of the whole person. It is to display God’s power but more important is the visual representation of God invading darkness, evil, (in some cases sin), sickness and pain, casting that out by His perfect love.

It is THAT LOVE that I pursue now. How deep is it? Is there anything God would not do to show and manifest His love for us?
What is the extent of His love?
What request is too great for this love?
Am I willing to, in faith, rely on this love to break through sickness and pain so that God would be glorified through the revelation of His true character?
That’s where I stand now. No longer on a beach, but my mind and heart are still in awe at the radical, unhindered love of God. What does it look like? Let’s find out.


  1. This has been on my mind a lot lately. My dad has a severe back pain and parts of his bones are really weak. Since he's been in this condition called ankylosing spondylitis for a while, for some reason I didn't think much of it - I wonder sometimes whether I've grown up being desensitized to what is happening around me, even when they're as critical and serious as my dad's condition. It's so sad, really, when I think about how unfeeling I can be at times.

    I want to pursue that love that you talk about as well - when I think about the friends that lowered the man through the roof of the house to see Jesus, I can't help but think of such love that the friends must've really had for that man, wanting him to meet Jesus, to the living God of the universe that's been poured into a human body. I want to see God heal my dad completely, and that through such an event, God's love and power would be manifested. And I believe that it is a deep love, a love that can overcome all of my doubts in his complete, authentic healing, and a love that can overcome all of my fears of my lack of faith.

    I pray that his kingdom will come breaking through in this area of my life as well, and that God's love will bring about a greater love that I have for my dad.

  2. I'm so happy for you, Amanda! To witness a physical miracle that could easily spawn into spiritual miracle-- how beautiful. It is amazing to me to watch how God not only used that instance to obviously touch that mans body and heart, but to change your life as well. He is such a Master Planner! : ) His love is ever-so deep-- I want more faith to live out all of my calling!


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