The Great Physician

When someone you love is in the hospital, it is a very stressful time. The family spends hours sitting around, waiting. Furthermore, with the pandemic, some patients can’t even have visitors, which makes the suffering worse. Truly, the patient spends all their time waiting; for the physician to come in, or for the test results, or to spend time with their loved one. Additionally, they just want to be well again so they can go home and life can return to normal. 

Care Around the World

I had the privilege of visiting hospitals in several countries. But, I use the term privileged as a tongue in cheek statement. The hospitals in Kenya and Nepal certainly made me appreciate our medical system more and more. For example, the scary sights I saw included open windows in the operating areas, and doctors hanging up disposable rubber gloves for reuse for the next patient. Additionally, I observed boxes of used casts nearby that the staff would use again on another person. The physicians even left lots of needles lying around unwrapped. Therefore, my prayer every mission trip includes asking God to keep the team members from a sickness or injury severed enough to require a visit to a local hospital. In fact, we purchase traveler’s insurance that allows for medical evacuations for the team if any extreme situation occur. Praise the Lord; we have never used it.

“When handkerchiefs or aprons that had merely touched his skin were placed on sick people, they were healed of their diseases, and evil spirits were expelled.”

Acts 19:12

Problems

The local people in countries like Kenya, Nepal, and Myanmar do not get many options for their health care. If they are sick, they have to visit one of the local hospitals or clinics. Additionally, in these countries, the patients’ families often are the only source of care. This is because hospitals do not provide food, bedside care, or cleaning services. Also, there are shortages of doctors and nurses, which forces the family to do a lot of the care of the patient themselves. The problems are more pronounced in rural areas. Sut San Niang, an orphan from our orphanage in Myanmar, contracted juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis. Also, she will suffer pain for most of her life without the benefits of medicines that are available to us here. 

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The Great Physician

The Bible talks about doctors in several places. In fact, the gospel writer Luke was a physician before he was a disciple. History suggests that Luke traveled with Paul during his missions. But, we also hear about Jesus healing the sick throughout his ministry. For example, I love the verse in Acts 19:12, which tells us how any piece of cloth that touched Jesus’ skin healed the sick just by touching it. Jesus did not even need to be present for His healing power to work. Another example in Luke 8:43-44 tells the story of the women who touched the hem of Jesus’ robe and received instant healing of her bleeding problems. 

Good News

These stories offer us good news even today. In fact, the power of our great physician can still heal us. Through prayers, we can ask for the power of Jesus to heal our family, friends, and ourselves. Consequently, His perfect plan for our lives might allow us to suffer and experience disease, illness, and hardship. Therefore, we must trust His perfect plan for us.

13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.

James 5:13-15

Reminder

The next time you are dealing with an illness, remember Jesus is the great physician. In fact, you can pray for His healing powers to touch the lives of those around you. Also, we are placing Sut in God’s hands and trusting Him for her healing. In conclusion, I found the prayer below on http://www.lords-prayer-words.com:

Prayer for Healing

Lord Jesus, you are the master of life and death. Everything I have is yours, and I love you very deeply. Just one touch from you restores the sick, heals the broken, and transforms the darkness. Please heal those who are ill and suffering today. Thank you for the blessing of your touch. Amen

Blessings,

Yvonne M. Morgan, author, blogger, and speaker.

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21 thoughts on “The Great Physician

  1. mimionlife – Writer of inspirational messages, sometimes laced with humor.
    mimionlife

    I’ve been dealing with another bad sinus infection. Thank you for the reminder that He is the great physician. I am praying and asking for His healing. Have a blessed week!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Praying for your healing too. May the great physician heal you quickly. Thanks Melissa and God bless.

  2. Ava Pennington – Bible study teacher, speaker, and author of Daily Reflections on the Names of God: A Devotional.
    Ava Pennington

    I’m grateful for the privilege, as a child of God, to pray to Abba for healing. But as you noted, it’s also a privilege to rest in His sovereign plan for me regardless.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Ava. We praise in all circumstances. Thanks so much for commenting. God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Amen Jessica! He is the source of living water. Thanks and God bless

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thank you June. May the Lord bless you and keep you always

  3. When my husband was in the hospital a few years ago, he was on his deathbed, at least that was what the doctors were preparing me for. But in all that time, a month, I prayed to God,for I knew that He is the Great Physician. He can heal and He can take a loved one home. Either way, His wisdom is best. This is a very timely and appropriate post for times that we are living. Thank you for sharing, Yvonne!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Marcie. What a blessing to know the Lord healed your husband. So many people have incredible stories. May the Lord continue to bless you both.

  4. Melissa McLaughlin – From an early age, the beauty of nature and love of family pointed me to One who is greater, the Creator and Lover of my soul, Jesus. My writing is inspired by His Word and His Spirit. During the most desperate times of my life, I learned to use scripture prayers to be my voice when I had no voice. To find out more about my passionate prayer journey, check out my book "In Dark of Times When Words Fail, Voice of Jesus Pray for Me." Follow along and join me in this journey of loving Jesus!
    Melissa McLaughlin

    Oh Yvonne, I’m lifting little Sut in prayer right now. I’m praying for a miraculous healing touch from Jesus, the great Physician and a complete lifting of her pain. Move in power, Holy Spirit, we pray! Joining you in prayer for all who are sick. Thank you, Yvonne, for reminding us of our blessings and how we can be a blessing to others.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melissa. She will really appreciate the prayers. We trust God to take care of her daily. God bless.

  5. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    Phenomenal post, Yvonne! Did you know that Rheumatoid Arthritis is treated here in the US with a common anti-malarial probably available where Sut San Nian lives in Myanmar. It was discovered that this anti-malarial drug is also a disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug, a DMARD. I’ve been taking it for five years, because I also have RA. The drug is the widely discussed hydroxycloroquine. Can you learn if it is available there? And at what cost?

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Melinda. I will check it out. We have used it several times on mission trips for its anti-malaria properties but did not know about the RA connection. I appreciate you sharing and hope your RA is under control. My mom developed it in her late 20s. God bless

  6. Melinda Viergever Inman – earth – Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda now spins tales from her writer's cave in the South. Her fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her at http://melindainman.com.
    Melinda Viergever Inman

    Please keep me posted.

  7. Lisa Q – USA Midwest – Lisa Quintana blogs at ThinkDivinely, and also for the Women in Apologetics (WIA) ministry, where she currently serves as Vice Chair of Communications. ​Lisa also has her M.A. in Christian Apologetics from Biola University, a B.A. in Communications (with news media emphasis) from Cal State University, Fullerton, and an A.A. in Christian Studies from Christian Life College, Illinois. Her articles have appeared in several Christian ministry sites. She teaches apologetics at her church in Wisconsin. She’s been involved in leading small group ministries for over 25 years, and recently began speaking at Christian conferences. Find Lisa on Twitter at @LisaQthinks.
    Lisa Quintana

    Very grateful that you’ve been healthy on your mission trips!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Lisa and God bless

  8. Yvonne, yikes! That’s scary what you saw in hospitals overseas. When I was on mission to Zimbabwe and Kenya, one of our team members became really sick and ended up having his appendix taken out. There were several issues with medical staff and his safety that we kept praying through. We were thankful the Great Physician kept him safe and healed him.

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Wow, one of my nightmares while on mission. Glad it all worked out fine because the great Physician was watching over him. Thanks Karen and God bless.

  9. Nancy E. Head – United States – Writer and teacher Nancy E. Head was a single mother with five children under the age of 14 when she attended Penn State to earn a bachelor’s degree in English and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Her career took a journalistic turn from radio news to newspaper reporting, then education before she returned to the classroom to secure a master’s degree in English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Currently an instructor at Penn State Altoona and Great Commission Schools, she also spent two summers teaching English in Asia and is a Distinguished Toastmaster. When not teaching or writing, she restores antique quilts, crafts projects for her grandchildren, and helps her husband lead a small group at their church devoted to ministering to the needy in their community.
    Nancy E. Head

    I’ve seen medical care in Asia. Very different from what we have here. Very much less. I wasn’t there doing medical work. Thank you for working in these environments. Wonderful post!

    1. Yvonne – I am a wife, a mom of two grown daughters, and one son who lives with Jesus. I am also a grandmother. I am passionate about missions and writing about the amazing stories of seeing Christ in action on my journey. God led me to set up a charity, which cares for orphans in Nepal and Myanmar. I hope my stories inspire you to reach out and be the hands and feet of Christ to someone.
      Yvonne Morgan

      Thanks Nancy. It really makes me appreciate what we have here. God bless.

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