Healing

Mark 5

15: “And they that saw it told them how it befell to him that was possessed with the devil and had the legion, sitting and clothed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.”

17: “And they began to pray to him to depart out of their coasts.”

18: “A when he was come into the ship, he that had been possessed with the devil prayed Him that he might be with him.”

19: “Jesus suffered him not, but saith onto him, Go home to thy friends and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee and has compassion for thee”

 

In October of 2010 I flew to Denver, Colorado and while there discovered numbness in my left leg that, when I walked, became severe pain.

My first thought was a blood clot given that I had been sitting on a plan for about an hour and a half. When I go home, my doctor ran some tests and ex-rayed my leg and foot ruling out both a clot and any unknown injury like a pulled muscle or ligament.

In November I moved to Denver and my leg continued to get worse. I also began to have serious pain in my lower back. By February of 2011 I was using a wheelchair for any walking farther than about a half a block and I needed one of the electric carts at the grocery store. An MRI showed multiple issues including collapsed disks, bone spurs on my vertebra and arthritis all in the same small area of my spine. Additionally the channel where the nerve to my left leg came out of the spinal column had calcium buildup pressing on the nerve.

We started with a steroid shot to calm the inflammation and for about 6 months that was great. The last month or so I began to have the same problems all over again. A second shot only helped for a month or so. Since I could only have the shots every six months, I was using the wheelchair almost ever time I left the house while waiting for the next shot. The third shot only helped for a few weeks and that seemed to the end of it. I would be confined to the wheelchair from that point on.

I was judging whether or not I wanted to go places based on how much effort getting the manual wheelchair out of the truck and maneuvering myself around would be, a vast departure from my normal very active life.

In January of 2013 I got up early as I usually did and about half way to the bathroom realized that I had just straitened up with no pain and was walking with no pain for the first time in over two years.

I waited about a week to see if the pain came back and it did not! I got an appointment to see the back specialist and their ex-rays showed all the same problems that the initial ex-rays and MRI had shown. The doctor’s were at a loss to explain the sudden pain free movement.

18 months have passed and I have not used my wheelchair a single time. I have had a few twinges but nothing like the pain I faced before the healing.

I would share with a few close friends but felt as though it would be arrogant of me to claim God’s healing. After all, who am I that God would heal me?

I had been remembering a quote from the bible: “who am I that Thou are mindful of me”.

Actually I had been misremembering since the real quote is from Psalm 8:

4: “What is man that Thou are mindful of him, and the son of man that Thou visitest him?”

5: “For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with the glory and honor.”

I take the word “man” to refer not to any individual man, rather to mankind and since I’m part of mankind then I too and worthy of his blessings.

Perhaps I should share my healing. Not because God healed ME; but because GOD healed me.

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One thought on “Healing

  1. Your openness to sharing now is a blessing to others. We do need to remember that we don’t deserve God’s love or mercy. We need healing for our bodies, but we also need His empowerment of inner strength through His Spirit. I’ve just been reading Ephesians 3:14-21.

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