There You Are

Jan 4, 2024 | Blog, Healing Thoughts

originally written for ASHM 2009

Throughout the years that I’ve worked at the Healing Ministry at All Saints Church, I’ve had the opportunity to see God do some amazing things!  He has cured people of ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease, cancer, influenza, alcoholism, eating disorders, drug addictions, and many more issues.  I’ve treasured each of these in my heart.

However, for me, there is an even greater miracle that transpires in a person who comes to know Jesus Christ.  This aspect of God’s work often goes unnoticed- falling in the shadow of the physical curing.  It is the incredible spiritual and emotional transformation that occurs when God heals someone.  Here at the Healing Ministry we delineate between curing and healing.  All who come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior are healed, spiritually transformed.  Many times this healing is accompanied by the physical curing of what ails the person.

About five years ago my best friend’s dad, whom I’d known since I was four, was diagnosed with liver and lung cancer.  At the time of his diagnosis he did not personally know Jesus.  As my friend’s dad’s body desperately fought a losing battle against cancer he called out to Jesus for help.  He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.  The change in his attitude was absolutely incredible.  He was truly healed.  My friend’s dad and I had not spoken for ten years due to my out of control behavior which was extremely disappointing to him.  As he drew closer to Jesus he slowly began speaking to me again.  I am humbled that God blessed me through the healing of my best friend’s dad.  If he had not come to know Jesus I don’t believe that we would have ever spoken to each other before he died.

Healing is often reflected by a complete change in person’s attitude about themselves and others.  As a Prayer Minister, I have the unique opportunity to be a witness to the complete spiritual and emotional transformation that God does in people’s lives.  Watching people blossom into who God created them to be is a gift and privilege.  I never really understood the healing conversion that takes place in a person (when they give their lives to Jesus) until I had a dream one night.

I was standing next to Jesus at a party.  As people walked through the door I watched how they reacted when they entered.  Some walked in and expected to be the center of attention.  They wanted all eyes to be on them.  When others walked in they immediately spotted someone in the crowd and rushed over to greet them.  Jesus explained, “Some people walk into a crowd and say, ‘Here I am!’  They want everyone to notice them and see that they have arrived.  Other people walk in and say, ‘There you are.’  For them it was all about the other people in the room. 

 “What kind of person are you, Kirsten?”

I realized that for a majority of my life I’d been walking into rooms with a, “Here I am” mentality.  I began to think about the fact that Jesus is the I Am, yet He humbled Himself coming to earth as a babe in swaddling clothes.  He entered into life with a, “There you are” attitude!  When we are healed by Jesus, we are called to a “There you are” life.  Our lives become about serving others through Jesus’ love.  He gives us the opportunity to love others.  I saw this first hand in my best friend’s dad.  His speaking to me was a “There you are” moment in my life.  It was the love of Jesus working through him.

When you see someone who has been healed, but not yet cured you can’t help but feel blessed in their presence.  “There you are” people are inspirational.  They inspire people to seek God’s healing and to experience His love.  They offer hope to the hopeless.

Can you imagine what the world would be like if we all walked into our lives saying, “There you are?

Until next time blessings and healing

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