The August 27, 2015 Business Insider article portrays a married couple, Scott and Dana, who applied their skills as engineers to managing their diabetes. Determined to overcome the clunky mechanics of a type-one diabetic lifestyle, they literally hacked the computer “brain” of an obsolete insulin pump, and developed mathematical algorithms that learn, predict, and adjust for an individual’s bodily changes. Dana is now beta-testing an artificial pancreas. Their pioneering spirit and invincible “no-limits” mentality inspire and amaze. But underneath the newlyweds’ expected long and prosperous future, lies the stubborn verdict of incurability–a subtle message that even the smartest and most proactive watchers of their health can only expect to manage what is considered an incurable disease.
Our culture seems to support the notion that there may never be a cure. Organizations like the American Diabetes Association do not mention “cure” but encourage contributions to help “move closer to a cure” and to support those affected by diabetes with research information, education and advocacy. Vascular Pharmaceuticals, a Chapel Hill pharma, dedicates its work to “addressing the complications of diabetes.” No one can oppose these compassionate efforts, but can we only resign to manage rather than cure disease?
From the perspective that man is purely biological, this verdict may appear reasonable, but from a spiritual perspective, where God is all powerful Love, there is every reason to hope. In Genesis (1:26), God creates us in His image and likeness, blessed with spiritual sovereignty, and the Scriptures include many examples of how God’s unconditional love brings salvation, healing and cure.
It can happen today, too. Rosario Iris Corrotti experienced God’s powerful love in her healing of diabetes. In the May 14, 2015 Christian Science Journal Web Original, she recounts her struggle with diabetes and the transformation that started to occur when a friend offered her some things to read that fundamentally changed her concept of God to one of impartial, universal Love. “The symptoms of diabetes disappeared and never came back,” she wrote. “For me it was as though the chains—all those bonds that had kept me bound—had been broken. I had woken up to a completely new life.”
The Psalmist describes the power and willingness of God to completely heal those who turn to Him. “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s. The Lord executeth righteousness and judgment for all that are oppressed.” (Psalms 103)