When the Bandages Are Removed
Scripture Reading: Daniel 3, Matthew 8
In January 2008, I found myself once again lying on a bed in the emergency room suffering from an affliction I had been battling for seven years. Given the necessary intravenous medication, I began to feel better and was released to battle this illness alone (or so I thought) once again. Upon my discharge from the hospital, I began to feel a deep depression and the sense that I would never beat this sickness.
The next morning as I prepared to shower, I removed the bandages from the previous night’s emergency room visit. As I looked at myself in the mirror, I had to double take my image. The bandages had left behind a simple message: GOD IS. I called to my mother to eyewitness and she confirmed the words that were imprinted on my chest where the bandage had once been. The depressed feeling that lingered over me immediately left and I began to rejoice in my heart.
A very simple message of encouragement was given to me through the affliction that attacked my body: GOD IS (fill in the blank). What is God to you? Is He everything? Is He
nothing? Is He just a notion that someone through the passage of time created to explain the existence of life? I can fill in the blanks like this: God is my healer, my deliverer, my beginning and my ending. I owe Him my all.
As I reflect on this situation in my life, I would like to pose a question to those that are dealing with a difficult situation. What are you going to see when your spiritual bandages are removed? Will you be the same person you were before your trial? Sometimes we find ourselves in “God’s Clinic” for desperately needed surgery to repair damage to our spiritual body. Whatever the diagnosis may be, when God has repaired the broken part and has
placed a bandage over the scar, it is left to us to determine how the scar will appear once the healing process is complete.
Tanisha Lawson is a freelance writer living in the metro Atlanta, GA area.