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When Turbo first got sick, it was only natural that I started researching healthy living in the hopes that it would heal him. We were told over and over that Type 1 Diabetes is incurable, but I thought surely there were ways we could help him manage his disease in addition to his injected insulin!
I'm not actually sure what it was I hoped to find when I started looking into natural remedies. I read incredible stories of people being miraculously healed from all manner of illness that people attributed to this diet or that essential oil. And I desperately longed for the same for Turbo.
I honestly love the concepts behind healthy living and natural remedies (though I'm just as grateful for Western Medicine, too - it saved Turbo's life). The minute we start putting our faith into healthy living instead of the One who gives us life, however, we give it too much credence, and we begin to look to it to save us.
Trying to live as healthfully as possible is a great ambition. Especially when we remember that we are God's temples and should treat our bodies with great care and respect (see 1 Corinthians 6:19), it only makes sense that we should pursue natural options whenever possible. I fully embrace the desire to use natural remedies and encourage others to embark on a journey toward a healthy lifestyle.
But we can't forget that God is the ultimate healer. He may choose to work through natural remedies; He may choose to work through pharmaceuticals; or - as difficult as this may be - He may choose not to heal. We need to be prepared to accept whatever it is that the Lord has for us.
So, I would encourage you: yes, pursue a lifetime of healthy living. Study it; research it; learn about it. But don't put your faith in a type of lifestyle over your faith in the Lord. Only He can save, both physically and spiritually.
Related: Food Is Not Your God