My son has been suffering for a long time now – autism, OCD, over ninety percent of the PANS / PANDAS symptoms, anxiety, sensory processing disorder at a nightmarish level. But, I am daily praying and trusting God for his healing, and I have seen things fall off of him little by little, so I press on and continue to cry out for him.
I look to His Word to encourage myself in the Lord.
For God’s Word is greater than any and all things in this earthly realm, and if we think about it, God’s Word even defies the ‘FACTS’ of this realm. In His Word, we see that He is willing to defy His set natural laws with the supernatural in order to help, save, rescue, and work on behalf of His children.
A few examples of God defying the natural laws of this earthly realm for the love and sake of His children
- Peter walks on water with Jesus [Matthew 14:28-33]
- Lazarus raised from the dead after 4 days [John 11:17-44]
- God parts the Red Sea and His people walk across on dry land to safety and deliverance [Exodus 14:21-22]
- The sun stood till for Joshua and the children of Israel so they could defeat their enemies [Joshua 10:13]
A long passage from the Word but worth the read if you have time or feel led as faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God. But this is such a good Word to feed on and breathe in to encourage your faith and hope in the Lord.
Elisha Raises the Shunammite’s Son
[My comments bolded and in brackets for emphasis and how God encouraged me but I changed it to ‘we’.]
2 Kings 4:8-37 (NKJV)
[AKA When BOLD Mamas Pray and don’t give up, good things happen]
8 Now it happened one day that Elisha went to Shunem, where there was a notable woman, and she persuaded him to eat some food. So it was, as often as he passed by, he would turn in there to eat some food. 9 And she said to her husband, “Look now, I know that this is a holy man of God, who passes by us regularly. 10 Please, let us make a small upper room on the wall; and let us put a bed for him there, and a table and a chair and a lampstand; so it will be, whenever he comes to us, he can turn in there.” [God’s women are wise women]
11 And it happened one day that he came there, and he turned in to the upper room and lay down there. 12 Then he said to Gehazi his servant, “Call this Shunammite woman.” When he had called her, she stood before him. 13 And he said to him, “Say now to her, ‘Look, you have been concerned for us with all this care. What can I do for you? Do you want me to speak on your behalf to the king or to the commander of the army?’ ”
She answered, “I dwell among my own people.”
14 So he said, “What then is to be done for her?”
And Gehazi answered, “Actually, she has no son, and her husband is old.” [She’s been barren and NOW HER HUSBAND IS OLD – God specializes in WHAT LOOKS DEAD and even what IS DEAD!]
15 So he said, “Call her.” When he had called her, she stood in the doorway. 16 Then he said, “About this time next year you shall embrace a son.”
And she said, “No, my lord. Man of God, do not lie to your maidservant!” [It can be painful to HOPE AFTER a long time of waiting on God. It is isn’t over until God says it’s over. Keep hoping, keep praying, keep believing in God and His goodness.]
17 But the woman conceived, and bore a son when the appointed time had come, of which Elisha had told her.
18 And the child grew. Now it happened one day that he went out to his father, to the reapers. 19 And he said to his father, “My head, my head!”
So he said to a servant, “Carry him to his mother.” 20 When he had taken him and brought him to his mother, he sat on her knees till noon, and then died. [Things look so ‘dead’ for my child like they are never going to change, but Jesus in the RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE and NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE with Him.]
21 And she went up and laid him on the bed of the man of God, shut the door upon him, and went out. 22 Then she called to her husband, and said, “Please send me one of the young men and one of the donkeys, that I may run to the man of God and come back.” [She didn’t give up even though her son was literally dead, she turned to the man of God, God’s representative in that time, so she hoped in God.]
23 So he said, “Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.”
And she said, “It is well.” [She SPOKE LIFE despite how it looked]
24 Then she saddled a donkey, and said to her servant, “Drive, and go forward; do not slacken the pace for me unless I tell you.” 25 And so she departed, and went to the man of God at Mount Carmel. [Godly Mama Bear in action.]
So it was, when the man of God saw her afar off, that he said to his servant Gehazi, “Look, the Shunammite woman! 26 Please run now to meet her, and say to her, ‘Is it well with you? Is it well with your husband? Is it well with the child?’ ”
And she answered, “It is well.” [She continued to SPEAK LIFE and didn’t give up. Can you imagine this type of faith?]
27 Now when she came to the man of God at the hill, she caught him by the feet, but Gehazi came near to push her away. But the man of God said, “Let her alone; for her soul is in deep distress, and the Lord has hidden it from me, and has not told me.”
28 So she said, “Did I ask a son of my lord? Did I not say, ‘Do not deceive me’?” [Now, she pours out her heart to God’s chosen vessel. I love how her faith is both strong yet honest as we can always be with God.]
29 Then he said to Gehazi, “Get yourself ready, and take my staff in your hand, and be on your way. If you meet anyone, do not greet him; and if anyone greets you, do not answer him; but lay my staff on the face of the child.”
30 And the mother of the child said, “As the Lord lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you.” [Relentless Mama of faith who REFUSES TO GIVE UP on her child. I can relate.]
So he arose and followed her. 31 Now Gehazi went on ahead of them, and laid the staff on the face of the child; but there was neither voice nor hearing. Therefore he went back to meet him, and told him, saying, “The child has not awakened.” [Yes, it LOOKS bad in the natural, BUT GOD!]
32 When Elisha came into the house, there was the child, lying dead on his bed. 33 He went in therefore, shut the door behind the two of them, and prayed to the Lord. 34 And he went up and lay on the child, and put his mouth on his mouth, his eyes on his eyes, and his hands on his hands; and he stretched himself out on the child, and the flesh of the child became warm. [Oh, Father! Raise my situation from the dead, and HEAL my child.]
35 He returned and walked back and forth in the house, and again went up and stretched himself out on him; then the child sneezed seven times, and the child opened his eyes. [Glory, Lord! You are able!]
36 And he called Gehazi and said, “Call this Shunammite woman.” So he called her. And when she came in to him, he said, “Pick up your son.” 37 So she went in, fell at his feet, and bowed to the ground; then she picked up her son and went out. [Father, we thank You for the miracles to come in our children’s lives even now.]
Lord, I know in the natural that my son’s case doesn’t look good, but I have You – a Source that is far more powerful, far greater than current reality, and willing and able to heal. This is why I pray and never give up. Often healing is not instantaneous but little by little instead, so I will keep my eyes on You, the One who had defied and is willing to defy every natural law of this earth to heal, save, and rescue. It’s on Jesus’ name I pray, amen.