Being led by the love in her heart, Juliet thought that there was not much worth in a name. She believed that things were what they were no matter what they were called and she was right. A rat is still a terrible critter no matter what fancy name is put with it! However, I would disagree that names are not important. Names are vital to our society. They are definers, describers and individualizers. They tell who we are and often who our families are. Names can also reveal what we can do such as Doctor, Judge or Colonel. Our God has many names that describe what He can do, too. I would like to share one name of God that has changed my life forever and provided healing: Jehovah Rapha.
The term Jehova Rapha is translated as The Lord that heals. It was first used by God as a promise to the Israelites not long after crossing the Red Sea.
Exodus 15:26- And said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you. NKJ
In 2009, I started showing signs that something was not right with my health. I was 24 years old, so even though something seemed off, I was young and able to accommodate around it. My health continued to peak and valley over the next two years, but I had no real “symptoms” so I just blamed it on getting older. I did not realize I was sick and in need of healing.
In 2012, I ate a hamburger and everything changed. My body went into reaction mode and I started to break out with red welps larger than the palm of my hand. I was itching terribly. I immediately went to my doctor. Shocked is a mild way to describe his reaction when he saw me! They gave me some shots, prescriptions, ect., and also did some blood work. A few days later, I was told that I had developed allergies to most standard American foods and would have to completely change my diet. Talk about overwhelming!
Six months later, things started changing with me again. I developed new food allergies and my reaction response changed from red welps and itching to my throat swelling shut. For the next two years, I had to eat a glass of ice with every meal because nearly everything I ate made my throat react. I became a nervous wreck. It looked like there was no healing path forward for me.
In 2015, I had two surgeries which claimed my tonsils, adnoids, gall bladder and appendix. I had post op pneumonia, dropping blood sugar levels, hair loss, sensitive teeth, new food allergies and I just felt like I had the flu every single day. I was ready to die. How could not live like this?
All my life, I had always believed that God’s will was perfect. I wanted God’s will in my life, His will was perfect, so my health problems must be His perfect will for me. I simply accepted it and moved on. God knows His child and knows what it takes to get their attention and clean out all of those misconceptions of Him. God brought me to a place of complete hopelessness so He could teach me.
Psalm 32:8- I will instruct and teach you in the way you should go. I will guide you with My eye. NKJ
By 2016, my health really started declining. I was losing my vision and my mind. There was no answer or explanation. I was begging God to just take me home. However, He had other plans. Through a series of circumstances, I was connected with an old friend who ministered to my spirit and an endocrinologist who ministered to my healing. I was diagnosed with an autoimmune thyroid disorder and was advised to have it removed because of nodules that appeared cancerous. My friend partnered with me and we started praying. I claimed Exodus 15:26 as the healing rock on which I was standing.
God was working in my life, drawing me closer to Himself and building my awareness of my need for Him. I had been brought to one with the ground, but He was going to lift me up.
Psalm 3:3- But You, O Lord are a shield for me. My glory and the One who lifts up my head. NKJ
In June of 16, I went in for some tests and another ultrasound to determine just how serious the nodules were so we could make plans to remove my thyroid. My doctor called the next day and said he could not believe it, but the nodules were gone! Not decreased in size but gone! They were there plain as day just four weeks earlier, but now they had disappeared!
I was overwhelmed and so humbled by God’s grace. I could not believe that He would do something so incredible for me! Let me tell you, experiencing that kind of miracle restored my joy and put me on road to recovery.
Psalm 28:7- The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in Him and I am helped. Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my doing I will praise Him.
I still have food allergies and a lot of restrictions on my health, but I received healing that day both in my body and in my heart. God healed me of lack of faith, disbelief and self reliance. He allowed me to walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death in order to mark my life with His seal of miraculous healing.
Are you struggling today and in need of healing? Jehovah Rapha is His name and He is faithful. Start praying His name over your circumstance. Your story may turn out differently than mine, but I can promise you, God will hear you and respond in His perfect timing! He loves you and wants to give you life more abundantly!
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