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Healing: Retelling our stories with the scripture lenses, because who will?

Jesus healed the sick and made them whole in more ways than one. He spoke healing, commanded an unclean spirit to leave, with mud healed a blind man, and to another laid hands. He still is this great physician to-date as He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

Some few months back, I was in this late-night prayer fellowship and boom! …God released healing to a man by word of knowledge through the minister of the Word that night. The man had been unwell for quite a long period of time and I could tell from our conversation after the meeting that he had somehow leaned in on the medical reports which never seemed to change much in his frequent hospital visits. But now, the Lord had handpicked him in this meeting, spoke concerning his medical condition to a stranger he only met that night during prayers and had his hope restored. The man rejoiced, praised God and couldn’t keep silent about how he had battled with that condition.

Recently, i met a young girl who had a bowing deformity but unlike the man, her condition was restored through medical treatment at AIC Cure International Hospital, Kijabe https://www.curekenya.org/. I will be sharing her story herein.

John chapter 9 is one of my favorite healing stories as it makes a beautiful script with a happy ending. Jesus heals a man born blind in a very unconventional way. Soon after the man’s sight is restored, he’s unrecognizable and……he just can’t shut up about Jesus! Jesus healed him! He gave him something he’s never had from birth…eyesight! But the neighbors and the legalistic Pharisees seemed disgusted at this breakthrough.

His first encounter was with the unbelieving neighbors. They formerly knew him as the blind beggar and thought the man must have had a look-like or even maybe, just maybe, a twin they did not know of. They sought to know how he was healed but were still unconvinced. He told them:

“…a man that is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, Go to the pool of Si-lo’am, and wash: and I went and washed, and I received sight.” (John 9:11 KJVER)

It must have sounded untrue or impossible because the neighbors did not stop at that. They took him to the authorities to launch further investigations. Still the blind man gave them the same answers as before and at one point got pissed at their constant questioning because he had said everything he had encountered.

 Jesus must have really done a pretty good job when He restored the man’s eyes because even the Jewish leaders did not believe he had been blind (v.18) .They kept the man in holding and summoned his parents to find out whether his story checks up.

“…We know that this is our son, and that he was born blind: but by what means he now sees, we know not; or who has opened his eyes, we know not: he is of age; ask him: he shall speak for himself” answered His parents (John 9:20-21KJVER)

The man had encountered the greatest physician who changed a condition that was seemingly impossible and unbelievable. Jesus had earliermade one thing clear that probably the neighbors and Pharisees could not take in; “God receiving glory”

 “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents: but that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:3 ESV)

It is tragic that instead of seeing God at work, celebrating a miracle and salvation that had finally come, the society, leaders and family disassociated with the man making him feel bad for a good thing that had just happened in his life. Sounds familiar? Would they have the man beg all his life?

Well, this is what I find interesting. The man would rather stick with his confession about Jesus and be an outcast than tell the Pharisees what they wanted to hear. He holds fast to his confession and thereafter Jesus comes seeking after him, re-introduces Himself to the-now-visionary man, and openly rebukes the seeing-but-blind Pharisees (v.35-41). Don’t you love such happy ending! Jesus, the King of King stands up for the man! How cool is that 😉

I shared the scripture above to share this modern day story of a young girl named Emma who was born with a deformity that may have defined her or led to questions similar to those the disciples (or maybe society) asked about the blind mind. Who did sin? (v.2)

Emma was born with a deformity known as Infantile Blount’s disease which appears in the form of bowed legs. After several failed attempts to find cure and treatment, God through a stranger, provided information that led the parents to find help in a children’s Hospital in Kijabe, Kenya. At least unlike the blind man’s story in John 9, close friends and family joined in support as Emma’s parents sought treatment and raised money to correct the deformity. Her now restored legs look surreal and unbelievably healed.

Let’s just say that God’s glory was in display in this 5-year-old as she went through her healing journey just as Habakkuk 2:14 says:

“For as the waters fill the sea, the earth will be filled with an awareness of the glory of the Lord.”

To read my article about Emma in full click this link https://www.pd.co.ke/lifestyle/my-daughter-defied-a-bowing-deformity-narrates-kihara-8949/?fbclid=IwAR0H7rILuX3Jnq7Kj1kd5d_IdyqeChraih-InupMIS49ktNSVnfzzrmac-s as it was published in one of Kenya’s popular newspaper on 8th October 2019.

© Copyright 2019 – Mary K.

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Defining purpose in a name

I’m a firm believer that there is much more to a person’s name than just getting a trendy or fancy name for a new born.

The bible shows this to be true as God changed Abram’s name to Abraham marking the beginning of the future that God had in store for him. Abraham’s name means the father of multitudes. Though Abraham had no offspring at the time God changed his name, he took up this new identity by faith and lived it out, and as you can tell, his descendants lives on to date.

Jesus Christ, John the baptist, Josiah, Ishamael, Isaac and Solomon are some of great characters in the bible whose names were prophesied before time. God had a specific assignment for their lives as hinted in their name meaning. For instance;

Solomon’s name means “peace” . He was born in a time when God had promised rest and the building of the temple (1 Chr 22:8-9)

Isaiah prophesied about Jesus, said he would be called Emmanuel meaning “God with us” (Isa 7:14) and He indeed lives in us!

Josiah whose name means “Jehovah will support”  had his name and assignment laid out many years before birth. He would destroy high places and alters of idolatry during his reign (1 Kings 13:1–3)

I would go on and on, but following my understanding on the relevance of names given to children, I wrote the article below and was published in one of Kenya’s popular newspaper;

Click this link to download and read People Daily Ke article by Mary Kinuthia

Enjoy the read!

Mary K.