“Above all, trust in the slow work of God.

We are quite naturally,

impatient in everything to reach the end

without delay.

We should like to skip

the intermediate stages.

We are impatient of being

on the way to something unknown,

something new.

And yet it is the law of all progress

that it is made by passing through

some stages of instability…

And that it may take a very long time…”

– T. de Chardin

Jesus once asked a man, ‘Do you want to be healed?’ (John 5. 6) It’s interesting to consider why such a question might even be asked. Isn’t it obvious, that anyone with an ailment or struggle might want to be healed?

Consider these possible variations on the question:

Do you want to be cured?

Do you want wholeness?

Do you want transformation in you life?

Today we tend to think of healing in terms of cure—and usually that means something that someone else does for us: surgery, medications, some therapy. But what is our role in our own healing? What part do we play in becoming whole? God wills that we should all grow into wholeness. This is not something achieved alone, or done for us.

Healing is God’s gift and calling, as we are becoming whole together.