As I shared previously in part 1, I had prayed to God for help, and He answered my prayer, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. And it was such an unexpected experience because I thought it was just about prayer (and nothing else) – as long as you believed in Jesus and went to church, all was great…

But it wasn’t all great…and I soon discovered, it wasn’t only prayer…

You might relate to this through the joke people tell about the man who was stuck on top of his roof during a flood.

He prays to God to save him. Soon after, a rowboat comes by and offers to give him a ride. And the man says, “No thanks, God’s going to save me.”

A little later, a motorboat comes by and offers to save him. But the man stands firm in his prayer, saying, “No thanks, God’s going to save me.”

Then a helicopter comes by and offers to lift him away. To which the man replies, “No thanks, God’s going to save me.”

The waters rise and the man drowns.

When he goes to heaven, he asks God, “Lord, why didn’t you save me?”

To which, God replies, “I sent a rowboat, a motorboat, and a helicopter. What more were you expecting?”

We all have to work on seeing the answers to our prayers more clearly. And in my situation, I was no different. My healing wasn’t just some miracle that happened. It took a great deal of effort on my part and a great deal of grace on God’s.

And so I embarked on my journey toward healing. I tried chiropractic, acupuncture, massage, rolfing, hypnotherapy, and many other alternative therapies. During this time, God put many great teachers and healers on my path, who all helped me to come to the understanding that it was my mind that was creating my illness.

Many people relate to this in our in our culture these days because people talk about the mind-body connection. We have doctors like cardiologist Herbert Benson, MD, who shares how “the relaxation response [from meditation] helps decrease metabolism, lowers blood pressure, and improves heart rate, breathing, and brain waves.” Not to mention how it helps people have less anxiety and depression.

But I can attest that as a 19-year-old male with anger issues, I was totally disconnected from my mind and my body. There was no connection happening there at all for me.

So when one healer I went to said she thought I should start meditating, I didn’t know what to expect. But because I was desperate, I was willing to try anything…

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