“…Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that
we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose
stripes ye were healed.” – 1 Peter 2:24

I\’m one of the healthiest people I know. I try to maintain a positive outlook on life, and thank God every day for my health.

Recently a nasty bug invaded my body and wreaked havoc. After three
long days, I feel better and almost back to my old self. No further
comment on the ‘old.\’

Being sick made me so thankful. Does that sound odd? While I lay in
bed, I thought of those who feel sick in body day after day. How many
people suffer for months, sometimes years with a sickness? And then I
feel badly for three days and complain? Not me. Although my family
might argue the point, I tried valiantly to suffer in silence knowing
this too would pass. Okay, maybe one or two complaints crossed my lips,
but I did try!

When we become sick or something bad happens, our faith can be tested.
At times, Satan works against us, but we can\’t blame every ailment on
Satan. While we are on earth, we live in a frail body subject to decay
and illness. Corruption entered the world through sin. But we have hope
in that while this body perishes, our soul lives forever with the Lord
when we\’ve made Him Lord of our life.

In Ecclesiastes 3:3, King Solomon wrote there is a time for everything
including a time for healing. God can and does heal. He created our
bodies to fight off disease and heal wounds. God give us the knowledge
to create medicine and traditional cures. At times, He miraculously
heals us. Our sickness allows God to show Himself as our Healer.

Why aren\’t we all healed while on earth? Healing may come in this life
or not until we reach Heaven. I don\’t know why some people live with
abundant health while others struggle. The reason some Christians fail
to receive healing remains a secret, known only to God.

Those of you who struggle, I pray for God\’s healing power for your
body. I pray those of us who are relatively healthy will remember to
thank God for our health and pray for those in need of a miracle.

“Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go
well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.” (3 John 1:2
niv)

Whew! I\’m praising the Lord that nasty bug has left me alone!

Prayer: God, I thank You for health, and for healing my
body. I ask that You touch those today in need of a miracle of healing
physically, emotionally, or spiritually. Grant those who are
discouraged peace and comfort through the Holy Spirit. In Jesus\’ Name I
pray, Amen.

Children's author and inspirational writer, Donna J. Shepherd, looks at everyday life and finds God's fingerprints everywhere. From bird watching to the Beatitudes, Donna's writing touches the heart with wisdom and humor while feeding the mind with daily portions of God's Word. She is currently a columnist for The Dabbling Mum and a staff poet for The Inspiration Station. Her articles and poetry have appeared in Reminisce Extra, Just Between Us, Guideposts for Kids, Penwomanship, Sisters in the Lord, and many more. Her devotionals appear in Daily Grace for Women, Devotional Reflections to Nourish Your Soul (Honor Books), and Anytime Prayers for Everyday Moms (Warner Books).