Nothing thrills my soul more than to read a story in the Bible that I’ve read 100 times already and get something new from it.
In Luke 17:11-19 we find Jesus traveling to Jerusalem and as he is entering a village, 10 men with leprosy meet him. They call out to Jesus saying, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”
Jesus replies by saying, “Go show yourselves to the priests.”
And then the end of verse 14 says as they went, they were cleansed.
This would imply that their healing did not happen right away. It happened as they went to the priest.
Overcoming infertility, and so many other trials we must face in this life, is not going to happen overnight. It is going to happen as I daily walk the life God has chosen for me, knowing my victory day will come.
Back to the story…
In verse 15 one of the men, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked Him.
Jesus asks where the other 9 men were, for they had been cleansed too. Wow! Ten men are healed from a disease that made them an outcast of their village and only 10% of them come back to thank Jesus (I can do simple math…sometimes). Only one.
This one man is told by Jesus, “Rise and go, for your faith as made you whole.”
Whole. Whole means no missing pieces of the pie. Complete. Not lacking anything.
I also believe it means this leper had seen the whole circle of how God works, from start to finish. He suffered with a horrible disease, he cried out to God to help him, God heals Him in His time and he gives praise to God, acknowledging He is the one who healed him. See the whole circle…from suffering to praising God? He brings a trial so we praise Him, he brings another trial, so we praise Him again!
That’s how God works…so HE receives glory and praise!!
To all my dear infertility friends…we are on this circle, and eventually, in God’s Time, we will all be praising God.