Posted by: សារ៉ា(Sarah) | July 28, 2013

The Lord Healeth

Time crept by, passing along it’s way like a very sleepy snail.  I was so tired of nothing – for month after month.  Occasionally something would happen and fill a few hours or days, but afterwards the monotony of nothing continued, compounded by disappointment that I still felt too exhausted to attempt more – if there had been more to do.

Finally, though, the day arrived when the monotony of nothing ended.  Excited and nervous, I boarded a plane for Michigan and Adventist Frontier Missions’s summer student missionary training.*  Although significantly improved, I still felt some trepidation as to whether or not I’d be able to survive the intense four-week training.  I was particularly uncertain about the Crucible (the mysterious portion of training to which all survivors are sworn to secrecy – the great unknown is part of what makes the experience), but my teachers assured me that although it would be difficult, if I kept communication open with them, they’d make sure I would make it through.  The morning before the Crucible began, during my devotions, the Lord led me to some well-known verses:

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.  Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies….” ~Psalm 103:1-4.

It was as if He were saying, “Sarah, this is the promise I want you to claim through the Crucible.  I will be with you and strengthen you and heal you.”  With that thought in mind, I left for the Crucible.  During those three days, I felt tired and weak at times, but instead of getting weaker and more exhausted, the Lord worked a miracle and gave me more energy and strength with each passing hour.  I came out of it feeling stronger than I’ve felt in over a year.  The Lord does indeed heal all our diseases!**

When I boarded the plane, the sleepy snail at the beginning of this post developed wings and jet engines.  I can hardly figure out where these past two weeks have gone!  In two more weeks, four weeks of the most valuable education I have ever received will be finished, and I will once again be looking toward Cambodia.

Sunset over Lake Michigan.

Sunset over Lake Michigan.

*I am very thankful that AFM accepted a non-AFM missionary into their training!

**I realize that the Lord doesn’t always heal our physical diseases or redeem our lives from physical destruction until His second coming, but sometimes He does, and this, I believe, is one of those times.


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  1. You are being held up by a number of prayers! Looking forward to hearing more about the excellent mission training.


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