Hand foot and mouth, stomach bugs, and flu like symptoms.

It’s been one of those weeks. One of those weeks where everyone in the Hair house (except for me… so far… fingers crossed… praise Jesus) has gotten sick. Normally, for us, illness makes it’s rounds sequentially and consistently. I mean to say that if the littlest brings home a stomach bug, 2 days later the biggest gets it. This is typically followed by it migrating to the wife, and finally meeting its demise through a battle with me. This time has been very different. All of the girls in the house have gotten sick, in the proper order, but oddly, with seemingly different illnesses. The littlest got hand, foot, and mouth, then the biggest got a stomach bug, and now the wife is at home with a fever. Like I said, it’s been one of those weeks.

The worst part about having one of those weeks is watching everyone walk through the recovery process. It’s that period of time between the illness being over and getting back to normal. It’s the time where our vitals are normal but we’re still pretty useless. I know for me this period can last a few hours, or a few days depending on the illness.

Watching this happen in my family makes me think about healing and the possibilities of what God can do when we are at our weakest. Check out what Jesus does in Luke 4:38-39:

After leaving the synagogue that day, Jesus went to Simon’s home, where he found Simon’s mother-in-law very sick with a high fever. “Please heal her,” everyone begged. Standing at her bedside, he rebuked the fever, and it left her. And she got up at once and prepared a meal for them.” 

I’ve read this story many times. In fact, I read it about 2 weeks ago and still missed it. The last part of the verse says, “she (the extremely ill mother-in-law) got up AT ONCE and prepared a meal for them.” Where was the recovery period? Where was the feeling of worthlessness? Where were the foggy daze and the expressionless face that follows that kind of illness? It didn’t happen. So Jesus walks into this house, REBUKES THE FEVER, and she cooks dinner. Can you imagine if I tried to do that when I got home from work today? In my head, it sounds like this: “Hey Ashley. Hi, Ashley’s fever. Listen, I rebuke you, it’s time to leave. Now babe, could you go make me a sandwich?” I just don’t see that going over so well.

But here’s the thing about Jesus, he uses His authority to speak COMPLETE healing into this woman. He speaks the type of healing over her that doesn’t just restore the vitals, it restores her vitality. What’s more is that this principle is applicable to so much more than physical healing. It applies to anything that we allow Jesus to have control over. Philippians 1:6 says, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”

What He has started, He will finish. So the question is, what do you need to let Jesus take over for you? What are you holding on to that physically looks good, but under the surface is still kind of weak and ineffective? Maybe it’s time to release it and see if giving it to God can restore its vitality. On our own, we are weak. But through Him, we are made strong. We simply have to have faith in the completeness of His efforts. God doesn’t do things halfway and we shouldn’t have halfway faith either. When we invite Him in, we can expect that He is going to see it through and that His efforts will be complete and perfect according to His will.

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