Between Miracles and Medicine
I write this blog post in great sadness because of the demise of an amazing young lady (Miss N) whose hardworking spirit inspired me the little time I had the privilege of knowing her.
In January this year, I needed to make a material that would serve as a uniform for a burial I had to attend and Miss N was my choice tailor. I visited her place but was received by one of her siblings who told me Miss N traveled. This made me scout for another tailor since her return date wasn’t known yet.
After sometime, I asked around about Miss N because it was unusual for her to be away for so long and was told she fell sick. I visited and to my shock, she could no longer walk. I asked her siblings if they had gone to the hospital and they said they had but the doctors found nothing as the cause of her inability to walk. This made them believe it was a spiritual problem. They went on to share that they were lucky to find a man who carried out tests with his ‘computer’ and the diagnosis was that she had spinal cord injury. The ‘computer prophet‘ even went a step further to prescribe drugs for her. At this point, I requested to see the drugs. You won’t believe what was presented to me- a white plastic bag with different kinds of green tea and coffee products. I was shocked!! I told them I was no expert in medicine but there was no way a serial company marketer of green tea could be the right person to determine the test results of anyone who had difficulty in walking and be unkind to instruct such person to follow the prescriptions faithfully. I begged them to allow me reach out to some doctor friends so Miss N could be booked for an appointment but her siblings’ response made it seem I was an unbeliever, who had no faith in the Living God. My hands were tied, Miss N had not much strength to contribute to the conversation. I knew my boundaries, my suggestions were no longer needed.
They left with Miss N for their hometown and cut off all communication. A while ago, I got the news that she is no more. I feel so hurt.
In all honesty, I have not come to terms with the belief that being a Christian or a person of any other religious group is a passport to despising the field of Medicine. Don’t get me wrong, I am a Christian, I worship at Living Christ Mission and I have witnessed first hand the healing power in the Mighty name of Jesus Christ personally and in the lives of others but we are taught by the Founder/Leader, His Grace, The Most Rev. Prof. Daddy Hezekiah (MFR, JP), to visit hospitals for medical consultation while waiting on the Good Lord to perform healing. Remember Matthew 4 vs 7 says, “Jesus said to him, “Again it is written, ‘You shall not tempt the Lord your God.‘”
It’s high time people stopped being narrow minded. I once heard of a young man who died after he got the job of his dreams because he refused blood transfusion. He was the only child! We have also seen cases of women whose families refuse Caesarean Section because ‘no one in the family has gone under the knife to be delivered of a baby’. How can someone sign to be murdered all in the name of marriage?
When I tell people I love the realistic nature of Jesus Christ, they don’t seem to understand. Let me buttress this by sharing one of the words of My Lord Jesus, “But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick” (Matthew 9 v 12). This is what millennials will tag “Facts Only”. For Christians who feel it is wise to exercise their overzealous faith at the expense of seeking relevant medical help, if your ignorance eventually leads you to the grave, bear in mind you will not be classified as one who died serving the Lord, you will not be addressed as a martyr nor a saint, you killed yourself and that is suicide. Please, let’s do better.
I also have a problem with some church leaders who forbid their members from going to hospitals but would prefer they submit offerings as a means of healing sacrifice. The sad part is that most times, the members end up dying and these church leaders go on demanding more outrageous offerings shamelessly as part of activities needed to prepare the souls of the deceased on the journey to eternity. Ignorance will not kill us in the part of the world, please, say Amen!
There are so many lives that have been cut short due to carelessness, ignorance, fanaticism. This is 2020, let’s be dedicated to being wise especially in matters like the intersection between miracles and medicine. Believe in the healing power of the Most High; Believe He also gave the wisdom that invented Medicine. Let’s be guided, okay?
Another challenge is the indifference of certain people towards COVID-19. Currently, the world is battling with ways to fight this virus. Please, even if you do not believe the reality of this pandemic, for the sake of the health workers who believe the virus exists and are sacrificing their time with loved ones to be at the front lines, risking everything, kindly follow the precautionary measures instructed by the relevant authorities. Wear your face masks properly (it is not for your jaw). Practice social distancing, wash your hands regularly, stay home if there is no need to go out, the sky is still blue and will remain so till the end of time. Do not be the reason NCDC is overburdened. Our health system is not strong, it has never been. The Minister of Health is pleading with individuals to donate property to serve as isolation centers. Do you want to end this beautiful life carelessly? We already have fallen heroes who died for the right cause, we don’t need new ones. Do not visit anyone and refuse to be visited, do not hug or shake hands. Wisdom is Principal. Thank you for your kind cooperation.
In conclusion, to Miss N, I wish your light wasn’t dimmed completely. You were a real entrepreneur who graduated last year and had a beautiful life ahead. May your soul rest in peace!
I hope the rest of the month gets awesome for you and yours.
Till the next time, don’t forget you only live once.