About 2 years ago I broke my foot. In a few seconds I went from able and capable to helpless and in pain. It was one of those “why-did-it-happen-to-me” experiences. I learned how careful I needed to be with my broken foot; the break was in the one spot with the least amount of blood-flow. It may not heal completely, which would mean I’d need surgery to join the broken sections.
When the disciples asked Christ about the man born blind, whether he had sinned or his parents, Christ responded that the man had born blind so Christ could heal him and manifest the power of God on earth. Christ then anointed the man’s eyes and commanded him to wash in a certain spring. The blessings depended on that man’s willingness to obey. Had he failed to do the work, he would not have received his sight.(See John 9:1-7)
From this incident we learn two important patterns: some times we have trials so we and others can see the blessings and miracles of God in our lives
Those blessings, while prepared for us, require us to act and exercise our faith before God can grant it.
Another blind man, also healed by Christ, received his sight by degrees. When Christ first blessed him, he saw men like trees walking. Christ then blessed him again and he went seeing perfectly (Mark 8:22-25).
Much like the ache of my broken bone, when I prayed for relief I did not feel it immediately, but eventually He helped me heal and the pain left. The healing did not come all at once, only through obedience to the natural laws of healing and living in faith.
We are not perfect. We all suffer from trials and afflictions because of this mortality, but if we come to Christ He will help us overcome our trials by either making us strong enough to bear them or relieving them. The blessings will only come if we do our part. He will heal us if we have faith in him and obey the laws and commandments He has given us.