There are people that do not recover from illness because they do not take responsibility for their healing. Statistically, more than 50 percent of those who consult their doctor do not follow their doctor’s recommendations. Consciously or unconsciously they are making their doctor responsible for their health.
Also, there are some people who become physically healed, but are not holistically healed because they are not emotionally and spiritually healed as well. I am reminded of the story in the 5th chapter of John. Jesus comes upon a crippled man at the Bethesda Pool who had been waiting there for 38 years for someone to help him get into the healing waters of the pool to be healed.
Jesus asks him an interesting question: “Would you like to get well?” Jesus knew that the man had to help himself. The man responds by saying: “I can’t, for there is no one to help me into the pool at the movement of the water. While I am trying to get there, someone else gets in ahead of me.”
If you think about this you wonder if he spent all 38 years of his life beside the pool. Did he never go home to eat or sleep? Somehow he must have found a way to get home once in a while. If he did, and I am sure he did, he could also find a way to get into the pool.
Because Jesus knew it was an excuse, He says: “Stand up, roll up your sleeping mat and go home.” When the man rolled up his mat and began to walk, “he was instantly healed!” But this is not the end of the story, for we are told: “… it was on the Sabbath when the miracle was done. So the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man that was cured, ‘You can’t work on the Sabbath. Therefore, it is illegal to carry that sleeping mat! The man who healed me told me to,’ was his reply.”
The man at the pool seemed to be healed, but he is not well. He is physically okay, but he is sick emotionally and spiritually. He is blaming Jesus for his actions. He still doesn’t want to take responsibility for his behavior, his life, and the healing of his whole being. Total healing involves all aspects of our life,- physical, emotional and spiritual.
This is finding wholeness, and this is what wholistic healing is all about.
Blessings along the way,
Rev. Dr. Vernon Bittner