Dr. Paul Brand worked with leprosy patients in India for many years. In his book, The Gift of Pain, he writes how the disease filled him with fear. He knew his chances of contracting leprosy were low, still he obsessively kept a record of every accidental cut he received. While Dr. Brand was out of town his wife Margaret took pity on a leprous man and invited him to stay in their home until the doctor returned. At first, the doctor wasn’t happy that his three children had spent several days with this man.
Margaret explained that the morning the man came to the door she had read these words of Jesus from the New Testament –
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me.
Dr. Brand became thankful his wife followed Christ’s teaching instead of her husband’s fears. That stranger, Sadan, became a close friend. Through him, the doctor overcame his exaggerated fear of leprosy.
A question: What fear prevents me from giving myself completely to God?
Dr. Paul Brand spent more than twenty-five years in India. In that time, neither he nor anyone in his family contracted leprosy. He became a leprosy specialist and world-renowned hand surgeon.