Archives for September 2017

The Healer

The Healer

 26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.

Exodus 15:26

For the first time in 65 years I experienced the surroundings of an operating room. (Ok. I admit I must have been in one 65 years ago, but I don’t remember anything more about that time than I do this time.) Having not been in this situation before, it was interesting to listen to one of the specialists talk about a couple of items that patients take for granted today.

You know that little light thing they put on your finger to measure the oxygen content in your blood? Well, years ago, the only way to do that was through the lab, and by the time the doctor got the results, it may be too late. But a bioengineer was looking at projects at a science fair. He saw another student’s project which showed how blood with oxygen was different in color than blood without oxygen. He began to experiment with that and using ultraviolet light he was able to develop that little device on the end of your finger. Now a doctor can instantaneously know the oxygen level in your blood with a oximeter.

Hospitals are always cold, especially the operating rooms. One of the problems years ago was that when a lot of blood was involved, the doctors had trouble keeping the patient’s body temperature high enough. Someone had the bright idea to wrap some plastic around the patient and blow hot air into the wrapping with a blow dryer. They found that if they could keep a certain percentage of the patient’s body warm, the procedures went with less complications. Therefore, I had this aluminum-like blanket with a hot air blower hooked up to me all the while I was in the hospital.

So, what does this have to do with the Healer? First, God is the true and only Healer. Second, He has the choice of how He heals; who God uses. These two examples are simple improvements that made a big impact on patient healing. But it was God who gave the ideas. He uses us to accomplish His plan.

Yes, God can instantaneously heal a person. But He can also use doctors and nurses and assistants and medicine to heal. Don’t limit God to doing it your way. Trust the Healer to do it His way!

 © Charles A. Kalkomey

September 24, 2017

The Long Way Around

17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:

Exodus 3:17

 God had plans for Moses. He was to bring His people out of captivity in Egypt. When Pharaoh finally let God’s people go, they marched out of Egypt with their captors’ silver and gold.

Strangely, God led them not along the direct route to Canaan, but the long way around. Had they gone the shortest route, they would have reached their destination in about a week. But the journey would have taken them through hostile Philistine country. These Hebrews, having spent the last 8 generations in slavery, were in no position to fight. So God took them the long way around.

Has God ever taken you the long way around? Have you ever wondered why God did it the hard way instead of making it easy for you? Sometimes, we just are not mentally, emotionally, or spiritually prepared to face what God knows awaits us. We need to grow and mature. God makes sure we go the long way around to get prepared.

Not only did God lead them the long way around, He led them to the Red Sea. Pharaoh had changed his mind and was in pursuit. He had the Hebrews trapped at the Red Sea; or so he thought.

What seemed like the end for God’s people had two purposes.  First, God wanted the Egyptians to know that He is Lord. Second, God wanted His people to experience a deeper and lasting revelation of who God is.

Sometimes we find ourselves going the long way around because He has the salvation of others in His plan. For example, God’s healing may not always come when we want it to. But as we stay faithful in our journey we learn that God puts others in our path so He can use us to bring His love and show His glory to someone else.

When we will stay true to the journey, God will bring us through the experience. And when He does, we will have a deeper and lasting revelation of who He is. When the Hebrews were trapped, God parted the Red Sea. When we don’t see the way out, God will open the door we are looking for. And when He does, He reveals to us something we didn’t know, or maybe we forgot, about God.

When you think God is taking you the long way around, don’t worry. He has a purpose, and you don’t want to miss out on what that is!

© Charles A. Kalkomey

September 17, 2017