Sara was just 54 when cancer took her life. She was a doctor, yet could not heal herself. She was also the wife of a minister, and she had hundreds of people praying with faith for her to be healed. Yet, there we sat, at her memorial service, some of us wondering how she could be gone. Did God hear our prayers?
It was as if the pastor leading the memorial service was reading the minds of those sitting before him. “Some of you are asking why God didn’t heal Sara. The truth is that He did.”
The pastor went on to explain that God always heals—just not always on this side of heaven.
That day, we went to a funeral mourning the loss of our friend, but left rejoicing at God’s healing power. We knew that in heaven Sara was healed, and we imagined her dancing with Jesus. She was now happy and whole in the arms of her beloved savior.
We do not know how God will answer our prayers when we cry out for healing. We can have confidence, however, that ultimately God will take away all the pain and suffering. Through a relationship with Jesus, we gain spiritual healing right here and now. We also gain the assurance of life beyond the grave, in a holy place called heaven where there is no more death, nor sorrow, nor tears.
As we put our faith in Christ, we can trust God to heal us and make us whole again—on both sides of heaven.
I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.
John 14:2-3 (NKJV)
And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:4 (NKJV)