A & E; the reflection of a Christianís journey of healing, deliverance and restoration
There were more than 20 of us waiting for our numbers to be called. There was a young man in clutches, an elderly woman sitting in a wheelchair, a pregnant lady who was resting her head on the chest of a man who gentle stroked her hair. I watched as a young man walked past with a bandage on his head.
I was in excruciating pain. I tried to squeeze my right knee but there was no relief. We had been waiting at the A & E in Portsmouth for nearly an hour that Saturday morning. Despite the pain, I knew that my turn would come and I was hoping for some relief. There was a young lady who kept pacing up and down the room clutching her stomach, she was clearly in pain. Then there were those who sat reading magazines and newspapers, some of them were busy on their phones. They were family members, friends and companions who had come to keep us company as we waited for our treatment. They had sacrificed their cozy weekend sleep, shopping trips and leisure that weekend for us. Although we were all in the same room, they were the spectators, we were the patients.
Every now and then, a nurse, doctor and other medical practitioners would call out the numbers and then the names of the individuals and they would escort them into the various treatment rooms. Then every few minutes, other people would join the queue with us. I watched as others who had got there before us emerged from the wards. Some were in bandages, slings, clutches and others who simply walked out without any signs of broken joints or fractures but they too had received their treatment.
The fact of the matter is, we were all there for a reason, some of us may have received similar treatment but we arrived at different times and left separately. Each one of us back to his or her home. Depending on one's illness, some were required to return for several other treatments. Others were treated and discharged with a list of prescription; their recovery only required a few days or weeks of administering some antibiotics etc...I was referred back to my G.P in London who would then give me a referral for an x-ray at my local hospital. That was the doctor's orders after examining me for about five minutes. I was disappointed but I obeyed and I bought some painkillers at the pharmacy on my way home as advised. They would ease the pain until I received the complete treatment. However, others were not so fortunate and they were immediately admitted into the wards for intensive treatment. We had all walked in to the same room but as the sun set and night drew, we may not have received the same treatment but we had all been attended to.
Sometimes, I tend to think of the church as the A & E. In Luke 5:31-32, when the Scribes and the Pharisees complained to the disciples of Jesus when he was invited for a feast at the house of Matthew the tax collector, Jesus answered and said to them, "those who are well have no need of a physician but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance."
When we walk through those doors, we are there to seek healing from the Messiah. Just like the A& E, some of us walk in with minor injuries, others with major sicknesses that will require an admission and intense treatment while there are some of us who may not necessarily be suffering from any of the above, we are just spectators but whilst we are in that room waiting, the Messiah will deal with our souls and spirits and set us free with His blood from issues that we did not even realise we had.
Some of us want to be set free from addictions of various kinds; whether it is alcohol related, gambling and pornography or any other, the fact of the matter is, we need His blood to set us free. There are others who got here before us, they were raised in church, they have known about Him longer than we have and have served Him faithfully but they too are still receiving their treatment. They have often been admitted to different wards but somehow found themselves back at the A& E and they have gone through the same process all over again.
Some of us will walk through like I did; stay in the queue just like everyone else and when their turn for examination comes, our Physician the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords, Jesus Christ the son of God will refer them to another hospital instead. It is not because He cannot heal them for His word clearly states; "But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5) The King of Kings gives them a referral because He has appointed them to sit under another man or woman of God. He will use that servant to nurture them for a specific assignment that He has ordained for them in future. That is why we should not worry or spend so much of our time speculating why some brothers and sisters have left us. Remember, we walked into the same room but our diagnoses are different.
Then there are some who are gently stroking and comforting others like that young man and the pregnant lady. They have been in our situation before. They have battled addictions but Jesus has now set them free. Some were delivered from the occults, others had their broken marriages and families restored. They are using the gifts given to them by the Holy Spirit to encourage us. To assure us that despite the storms, we shall overcome and Jesus will set us free. They are the ones who keep sending you those bible messages and constantly check on you. Sometimes, you get tired of them but it is because the Lord has revealed to them that your deliverance is about to be complete. You are like that expectant lady, your pain, disappointment, frustration will be no more. Your faith, tears and perseverance is about to yield forth a miracle and your life will never be the same again.
While others head into the various wards assigned to them where our Lord and Savior will not only work on their nature, but He will also prepare them to Serve Him and use them for His Glory please let us not become spectators. We may be at the waiting room waiting for our friends and family to receive their treatment but although we may not be in any pain, let us wait in prayer and seek Him without ceasing. Let us not become busy bodies in other affairs.
Above all, it is my prayer that we shall remember who our Physician is. Pastors, ministers, evangelists, prophets etc.., all of them are His servants, some act as the receptionists, others as the nurses and volunteers who direct us to our Physician. They have been equipped with anointing, wisdom and the Holy Spirit directs them but let us be eager to receive as we make our way through those doors and corridors. He will always receive us with open arms and the beauty of it all; His A & E is fully equipped with all the gadgets and skills. His blood never runs out, there is no likelihood of a cross-infection. "All we like sheep have gone astray we have turned, everyone, to his own way; And the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. " (Isaiah 53:6)