We arrived in Leon in mid-afternoon. Leon is really a beautiful city with interesting archictecture and a great 13th century Gothic cathedral. Upon arriving, the A&M students had an overwhelming desire to eat at McDonald's. Some of them gorged themselves on nuggets and burgers. I think they were at a point in which they just needed some comfort food.
I've been thinking about Didier's pilgrimage as it relates to healing. As I have said before he has a lot of faith. I, however, have not been able to determine what his faith is in. Is it in the doing of the Camino and earning his healing, or is it in his faith in the place of Santiago, or us it in his faith in God? There are many stories surrounding healing and the Camino.
I have also been thinking about some of the stories of healing in the Bible. There are stories of Christ healing people not because they requested the healing, but because their father or other people intervened on their behalf and He healed them because of their faith and intervention. The story that really sticks out is the story of the paraplegic who's friends take him to Jesus to be healed. In Mark 2 the man's friends not only take the man to Jesus but they also drop him through the ceiling while Jesus is teaching in this home. The thing that sticks out to me in verse 5 where it says "When Jesus saw their faith" he healed him.
What does that mean in this circumstance? I believe in a Living and powerful God. I believe that He has done and continues to do miracles. I also believe that many in the North American culture think (subconsciously) our God to be small, therefore we expect small miracles, and that He does provide them as only small miracles since that is all that we expect of Him or can handle . I believe that God meets us where we are. If it will bring us closer to Him and bring Him glory, He will do what is necessary for His purposes.
So where does that leave me and Didier and this pilgrimage of healing for him?
I don't know if God will heal Didier. I do have the faith that He can heal him. I will, in the meantime, be praying for Didier's faith in God and his salvation and then his healing. I will be there to intercede on his behalf, to have faith in a miraculous God, and to carry my friend's mat (or wheelchair) to the feet of Jesus.