Hope and the Ridiculous

My wife is a nurse, trained in the American medical establishment to think of disease and its treatment within a narrow paradigm. We have begun to think outside of that box. Rather than seeing disease mostly as something that has to be attacked by a slash, burn and poison approach we have begun to take a more holistic approach.

The truth is disease is a symptom of the breakdown of the systems of the human body. So at this point we are taking an approach that focuses more on fixing the system than destroying the disease itself. One problem with doing that is it raises the eyebrows of people who are dedicated to the American paradigm. When you start talking about extract of mistletoe or enzyme therapy they think you’ve gone off the deep end. It sounds ridiculous.

God’s ways often sound ridiculous to us when we have been trained to think in seemingly sophisticated ways. He says “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways.” (Isaiah 55:8, 9)

There is a story 2nd Kings 5 in the Bible about a dignitary named Naaman who was a highly respected Syrian military hero but he was “a leper”. A young Hebrew servant girl in his home recommended that he go to the prophet in Israel for healing. When he got there the prophet didn’t even come out to greet him but sent a message for him to do something ridiculous. “Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall be restored to you.” Naaman feeling like his intelligence and dignity was insulted almost went away disgusted. Finally he was persuaded to do the humble act and he was healed.

The truth is God, in order to help us learn and heal, might use some seemingly very unlikely methods.

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