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(Meditating on Isaiah 53 this Lenten Season).
It’s remarkable how the mind clings to those moments when the body has finally found its way to healing. They are like imprints in the soul that the heart treasures. They are moments that are captured forever for the glory of God. Healing moments are glorious moments.
It was a quiet early afternoon there at 8 Waves Resort in the province of Bulacan. It was around this time of the year six years ago when spiritual revival and healing crusades were scheduled in different parts of the archipelago throughout the summer. And I had bravely taken that giant step of faith, stepping outside my comfort zone (that means to say, outside of my room and our home where I had been recovering for one whole year) and had followed my husband, together with my then 5-year-old daughter, to the Fasting House of Pampanga with the intent that, after his fasting, we were going to the first crusade of the year which was in Cabanatuan City in Nueva Ecija.
And we were stopping over at 8 Waves Resort for I wasn’t able to travel the whole stretch in one driving. Hannah was excited to jump to the pool as Maricris watched, while I was alone in our room for Felix left for home to get some clothes for the three-day crusade.
Since I became ill in late-2003, I hadn’t really enjoyed food without suffering from many discomforts afterwards. But that afternoon, I was hungry and wanted to try the offering of the in-house restaurant, Pancake House. I ordered and relished each bite of the fish rolls and some other. I felt full afterwards and was bracing myself for those discomforts that would come after – difficult breathing, choking feeling, acid reflux, etc. – but none came. The food settled in my stomach gently and my body could feel the change. I felt light and well and in the quietness of the room, I was lulled to a sweet slumber.
My body was wary in recognizing the change (or was it my mind?), but healing from the Lord Jesus is true healing and my body eventually acquiesced to its sweetness.
After this, I thirsted for the perspiring glass of mango juice that was set before me at breakfast in our hotel room in Cabanatuan City. Until that time, I never drank cold beverages for my illness made my body tremble to the core, and fruit juices too because of my acid reflux. But Felix encouraged me to drink the cold mango juice if I wanted it, which I did. I drank it all and oh, the sheer feeling of the cold sweetness caressing my throat and it was all fine!
How could a serving of Pancake House fish rolls and a glass of cold mango juice make a lasting hallmark in the soul that the mind returns to every now and then?
For this is the LORD’s doing and it is marvelous in my eyes! (Psalm 118:23) And He does it so He’ll be remembered forever.
Which brings me now to the place where patches of scarlet tainted the cobblestone ground, fresh blood that oozed from many a gaping wound, from stripes of cruel scourging. I see the body of the One who took all my punishment upon Himself slumped on the ground. And on that hill, they lift Him up and I see them again (how could one ever miss them?), those marks that wounded His body, stripes that He had willingly received and have now become so precious to me.
For by His stripes I am healed! Because of what He has done, there’s healing for all of us! The Lord Jesus Christ made a way. There on the cross, He won the salvation of our souls and the healing of our bodies. In Him, we receive wholeness! Just believe!
Surely he took up our pain
and bore our suffering,
yet we considered him punished by God,
stricken by him, and afflicted.
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed. (Is. 53:4-5)
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