I know it's been a LONG time since I've written. My work with Redeemer Christian Foundation, Inc. is a full time job. My other full time occupation has been hanging out in the waiting room of the orthopedic associates' office that I visit with great regularity.
If they had punch cards, and with every visit you got one punch, I would certainly be entitled to one free surgery by now. I've chatted with the UPS man who lugs those massive boxes to all our front doors and whose back has finally given out. I've commiserated with the cleaning gal whose knees just can't take the hard tile floors anymore. I've listened to the young soccer player who is healing from his second meniscus tear, but wants to be able to be a starter his senior year.
I've been doctored by the knee, the foot and ankle, the spine, and the pain management docs. All of them are excellent, but the pain still persists and I cry out, "How long, O Lord?" This is going on six years of prayer. I'm afraid to ask, "What next?" One silver lining blessing, is that I have developed a sincere compassion for those who have suffered for many years with chronic pain. I've learned that it can be debilitating physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.
If you know someone who suffers from fibromyalgia, chronic migraines, neuropathy, ongoing mental illness, or any other form of chronic pain, please don't offer the obligatory, "Let me know if there's anything I can do," just do it.
Back to my initial question, "When will God answer my prayer?" In my case, "When, God, will you heal me?" "How long, O Lord?"
There is a great mystery to prayer. What about this scripture: