Years ago I remember standing in my fuzzy teddy bear robe, my Michigan, wool-lined slippers and a hot cup of coffee in my hands waving goodbye to my precious children as the morning carpool drives slowly off into the early morning sunrise. I close the door.
Ahhhhh! A few rare moments alone before the daily hustle and bustle kick in. I put my feet up and start flipping through the channels on our television trying to find out what’s been happening in the world while I was asleep.
Well, before I even made it to CNN my remote skidded to a halt on an HBO special about the so-called faith healers. The cathedral was breathtaking; the attendees jumping, clapping, weeping and dancing in the aisles; the choir regally dressed in purple and gold; the orchestra vehemently bringing the music to a heart-pounding crescendo. Then he makes his entrance, dressed in white, silver hair gleaming under the stage lights, the conductor of this great performance. Leaping, jumping around on stage, yelling to be heard over the throng of the thousands of witnesses to this symphony. He asks “do you want to be healed?!?” “Yes!!!!” cry thousands of people looking for the external healing that this man claims he can bring. He cries, “I feel a presence in this room tonight, a healing presence!” Hundreds are hand-picked by the conductor’s apprentices and they make their way to the stage. In wheelchairs, on crutches, limping, some even on stretchers they come, believing in this man. The conductor says “rise” and they rise. “Walk” and they walk.
Sounds good doesn’t it? Too good to be true. Well….it is! I suppose I should tell you that while this man was leaping around on stage “healing” people, a scientist was talking in the background. He was saying how he has been able to recreate all of this in the laboratory. He was able to take people and put them in a sensory deprivation chamber, hook up electrodes to certain areas of the brain and recreate that feeling of euphoria, that sense of a “presence” in the room, even that feeling of healing. The music rising and falling at certain intervals: the colors of the choir robes: the size of the cathedral: and thousands of people suffering from emotional struggles, physical pain, mood disorders, and the belief that they will be healed: all of this can cause certain chemicals to be released into the brain thus giving those in the wheelchairs, and on the crutches that momentary ability to get up and walk (i.e. the placebo effect). Notice the word “momentary.” The people who were “healed” at this man’s performances did not achieve any lasting effect. In fact, most of them were back in the wheelchairs and on the crutches in only hours after this event.
People continually look for the external “feel goods” and external sources to make their lives better, to find happiness, security, healing or inner peace. We look to crystals, aromatherapy, new age, cults, psychics, and astrology to find peace and tranquillity. All of it is pure nonsense and it is only temporary.
God, Our Father is the author of permanent inner peace, of permanent healing, how to make our lives better. He is our only hope of finding true happiness and security. Peace can be yours for the asking. Why look for something that only lasts a moment, that only feels good temporarily, when Jesus longs to give you the ultimate peace, and tranquillity that will last eternally? He loves you just as you are and He died for you just as you are: flaws and all. Come to Him. Surrender yourself to the One who died for you on Calvary. He’s waiting with open arms.