When you have a bad day for reasons you think are severe, watch this video. If you spend all your time griping and complaining, why can’t you take the amount of time you spend complaining and pray for people like this instead? Have you considered how blessed you are compared to people like this? When I watch this, all of my problems seem miniscule. In fact, it reminds me that we should pray for all people, especially those who are stricken with illness.
He has a rare, peculiar disease that is literally turning his entire body into growths that resemble tree bark and roots!
You have to admit, it’s pretty disgusting and crazy! How would you feel if you were this man? Would you even feel human anymore? Would you want to live? I can only imagine the discomfort physically, mentally, and emotionally–yet, throughout the video, he smiles and is very humble.
If we agree that God is sovereign and in control, then we must also agree that sometimes, God does allow things to happen to us. This is where faith comes in, because we have to believe that through it all, He has a divine purpose. No, I’m not one of these “healing is for everyone” people. Let me put it this way, if that were true, people would never die. We would live forever! God will heal us “IF” He so desires. Just like the man said to Jesus in the book of Mark, “You could heal me, if only You want to!” If God wants to, He will heal you. But, in the long-run, He cares more about your eternal soul than He does your corrupted flesh. Make sense? And that goes for other people’s souls, too.
If your ‘problem’ or ‘illness’ or ‘difficulty’ saves the soul of yourself or another, then to God, that is more important than your suffering, whatever it may be. After all, what’s more important? Your eternal life (forever) or your temporary life (short)? You may not understand now, but when you are in heaven kneeling before God, you will (and that is all that matters). Faith isn’t necessarily healing or recovery from something; faith is believing in God’s sovereignty and in God’s best interest for your life ‘through’ the suffering…and offering Him the sacrifice of praise through it all…to the end! Regardless of the outcome. It wouldn’t be called the ‘sacrifice’ of praise if it was easy, now would it?
When you sat down, did you worry before you sat down, that the chair would collapse beneath you? Or, was it natural just to sit down, without a thought whatsoever? My guess would be the latter. That is a perfect example of faith. Without hesitation, you turned and sat down, and without a single worry, care, or thought. In the same way, you should go forth throughout your day trusting God. Let me tell you in advance, bad things will happen in your days ahead–from small to great, they will happen! Still, you must have faith that God is in control and He has a reason for ‘allowing’ it (please note: I never said God ‘did’ it). We must always ‘hope’ for the best, yet, in our hope, when it does not go our way, we believe and trust.
Start trusting God, no matter how things ‘seem’, ‘feel’, or ‘appear’. I understand it can be very hard because I have my own suffering in my life, which makes it hard some days. But, we ‘let go, and let God’ anyway.
32 year old Dede Kosawa, also known as ‘Tree Man’, is one of the world’s most extraordinary people. He lives in a remote village in Indonesia with his two children, trying to care for them. Dede, a former fisherman, has an incredible skin condition: he has root like structures growing out of his body – branches that can grow up to 5cm a year and which protrude from his hands and feet, and welts covering his whole body.
He is known locally as ‘Tree Man’ and his condition has baffled local doctors for 20 years. In an attempt to earn a living to support his family, he is part of a circus troupe, displaying his ‘Tree Man’ limbs along with others afflicted with skin deformities in ‘freak’ shows. Dr Anthony Gaspari, a world expert in skin conditions from the University of Maryland travels to Indonesia to attempt to diagnose ‘Tree Man’ Dede’s mysterious condition. He takes skin samples for biopsies back to the USA. What will he discover?
We go on an intimate journey with the extraordinary ‘Tree Man’ Dede, as he tries to seek out a living in a circus troupe to support his family, and as he is given medical help by Dr Gaspari. The identification and possible cure of his condition, could change his whole life. Half way across the world, in Romania, farmer Ion Toader is discovered to have a similar extraordinary ‘Tree Man’ condition, with growths all over his hands. He has not been able to drive a tractor for five years. A Romanian surgeon offers to give him an operation to remove his growths. Will it be successful, and how will it change Ion’s life?
And, the cure for Dede: