“Did anyone else see the bright light in the room when you were praying for Jhaysonn? My eyes were shut, but there was a light so bright I could see it with my eyes closed!"

None of us saw it last night, only Jhaysonn's mother.

Hearing her say that gave the rest of us great encouragement though, so we began to pray again… and again. Nothing seemed to change. 

We thought that maybe the healing had begun and we would see more in time. 

But this morning I woke to a text that read, “Please pray for Jhaysonn. He's feeling consumed with fear. He's frustrated that he's not healed.” 

There was a bright light, we prayed and prayed, we had faith, he had faith, and his parents had faith. But so far it does not appear that anything has changed, at least that we can see, or Jhaysonn can feel. 

As I was praying this morning, I felt like the Lord said, “Come to Me, and I will give you rest.”

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30 ESV)

The Lord reminded me that the most important thing we do as followers of Christ is come to Jesus. So I wrote Jhaysonn this text:

“Hey man, this is Antley. Woke this morning thinking and praying for you and these words came to me: 'Come to me all who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest.' Always seek Jesus, not His healing. He is rest. He is peace. He is Life. Your healing is in His hands, regardless of what happens with you or how you are healed. That is not your choice. But your turning towards Him, coming to Him, and trusting Him — even if you don't feel Him healing you — is your choice. I think to love Jesus in the midst of our suffering is one of the greatest demonstrations of true love and devotion to Him. I am praying for you. I too am trusting Him and coming to Him for you!”

We all have struggles in our life that create fear, anger, and disappointment. We feel frustrated that God is not answering our prayers. We have the same decision as Jhaysonn. Are we going to turn to Jesus and trust Him, yield to Him and love Him? Even when He does not respond to our situation the way we feel or think He should?

I think Jesus must have felt this way in the Garden of Gethsemane. He prayed to his Father and asked Him if there was any other way to save us. Any other way to heal the broken relationship we lost with the Father because of our sin.  

“Father, if you are willing, remove this cup from me. Nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42 ESV)

When the Father did not answer, Jesus’ response was one of loyalty, love and trust in His Father. He responded this way even though it meant He would suffer greatly.

Jesus has suffered more than we can imagine, so that in the midst of our suffering, confusion, frustration and pain, we can come to Him and find peace, rest, hope and healing. 

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” — Jesus  (John 16:33 ESV)

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