You mean we prevent smallpox by using the smallpox virus? You mean we heal a snakebite by using the venom from a snake? Seems ridiculous that the very things that would cause death or sickness are used to cure. It is opposites that combine to protect and to heal. The killer element combined with the body’s own immune system can be used to heal. If you’re a logical person, this seems not to make any sense. But then miracles do happen. Miracles are those things for which we have no explanation but happen anyway. Diagnosis is the ability to take all the symptoms a person has, like high fever or headaches or congestion and come to a reasonable conclusion and a plan for treatment is developed. The disease is named, brought out of the shadows and then hopefully can be treated. A doctor who just treats the symptoms and not the root cause wouldn’t be much of a doctor. I want to know what’s wrong with me.

So too with life’s dis-eases. Sometimes past events are the root causes of the symptoms we may demonstrate. The discovery of the cause is painful but necessary if we are to move forward and to live a life of love. There are doctors who help us diagnose what is ailing us spiritually causing even physical symptoms, like sadness, resentments or poor interpersonal relationships and so forth. But until the root causes are named, we flail around dealing with this or that symptom.

9 Moses then made a serpent out of bronze and raised it as a standard, and anyone who was bitten by a serpent and looked at the bronze serpent survived.(Numbers 21:9)

The very thing we fear the most, discovery of ancient hurts becomes the “oh, yeah” moment on the road to healing. Confronting those hurts, painful as they may be are the first steps toward a healthy and embracing life.

and so it goes…