A little after Pappaw’s death, his nurse wrote a letter to our family. By the way, we loved this nurse. I walked in on him talking to Pappaw and turning on the television just in case Pappaw was tuning in. He saw my Pappaw as a person and not a number. Apparently, just as I had been watching this nurse take care of my Pappaw, he had been watching our family, the way we spoke to one another, what we said to one another, how we treated each other, how we treated guests, and how we treated him. In this letter to us, he confessed that he had wandered away from God, away from the church, away from the things he had once believed in. He said by watching and listening he had been convicted about his walk with Christ and that he was determined to get his family back in church. He wanted God’s healing for his family.
In Acts 3, a lame beggar had to be picked up and carried to the gate called Beautiful day in and day out, and one day Peter and John came to the gate. Because Peter told the lame that in the name of Jesus Christ to stand, the lame man believed and arose.
So why did the lame man have to live for so long before being healed?
God doesn’t waste anything.
Did the lame man not hear of God before this time?
God’s timing is perfect.
Do you ever have questions regarding your walk with God? God, why did I have to go through this? How long do I have to endure this? Why can’t you just handle things like __________________?
I’ve been there, and I’ve wondered those same things about the lame man in Acts 3. Why did it take so long for someone to heal this poor man? Why did he have to endure this humiliation day in and day out and to what cost? Don’t you know he felt like a nuisance asking people to carry him wherever he needed to go? Don’t you know he suffered great humiliation being tended to by others because he couldn’t take care of himself?
My answer – God doesn’t waste anything. God’s timing is perfect. In order for God to gain the maximum effect in reaching others, to bring glory to himself and bring awareness to others, God wanted people to see this lame man. God wanted people to hear this man begging. If God had healed this man an hour earlier, a day earlier, a month earlier or a year earlier, then someone would have missed out on the message Peter preached right after the healing. Someone would have missed out on seeing the joy only God can give through complete healing. Someone would have missed Peter’s message about Jesus Christ being put to death at their own hands and yet it was the lame man’s faith in this Jesus Christ who had risen from the grave which had healed him. Acts 3:16, “By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.” For some seeing is believing.