Last summer, Liz Walter was reaching her limits in dealing with chronic back pain and deteriorating discs. She could no longer sleep at night, needed help getting out of bed or moving about and was in constant pain.
She forced herself through each day, but by the end of each day she could hardly move. Doctors tried everything they could think of, but nothing was helping It looked like surgery was the only thing left to try with no guarantee that it would actually help.
On August 20 Liz came forward during a morning worship service and asked Pastor Mike to anoint her, lay hands on her and pray for her back. Many from the congregation gathered around her, anointed her with oil, laid hands on her and Pastor Mike prayed. It was a simple prayer asking God to heal her back. But something happened. Liz could feel a sudden sense of warmth flowing over her. She just knew something had happened.
The next morning when Liz woke up she noticed something very strange. There was no pain in her back. She could hardly believe it. She got out of bed without help and began her day -- still no pain It was amazing. It was a miracle. It seemed too impossible to believe.
Liz told her family what had happened. She called Pastor Mike to let him know. Pastor Mike asked her to share her simple testimony with the congregation on the next Sunday.
All week long, Liz rejoiced and praised God for His miraculous healing. When Sunday came, she told the congregation what had happened to her. The congregation rejoiced and praised God too.
The next week, Liz felt so good that she did yard work that she hadn't been able to do in years. Perhaps, she even overdid it, but it felt so good to be able to do anything without pain.
But then it happened. Ten days after her healing, Liz woke up and the pain was back -- as if nothing had changed at all.
When she told a few close friends and family what had happened some of them were quite distressed. "Why would God do something like that?" they wanted to know.
But strangely, Liz was at peace. "I felt like I had been given a great gift for ten days. The Lord gives and the Lord takes away (Job1:21)".
Liz was calm and at peace. She said later, "If God wanted to heal me for ten days and no more, that was enough for me."
A couple of weeks later after the early Sunday morning Bible study Pastor Mike asked Liz how her back was doing.. She told him that the pain had come back. He didn't seem shocked or surprised, but simply said, "Let's pray again." He laid his hands on Liz and again prayed a simple prayer asking for Liz's complete healing. Then he left to get ready for the worship service.
The next day. Liz woke up pain free again. She has been free from her back pain ever since -- almost six months now. God deserves the praise.!
This last 3 1/2 months I have not been able to journal as I still am not able to write. I have tried becoming left-handed, and I can sign my name, but just having words flow onto paper just takes way too long. So my journaling has become my voice texts on Facebook. I know so many people use the responses that are sort of clichés when you are going through hard times. "God will not give you more than you can bear" and "what is God trying to teach you? " so here is my response to those two sayings. I thought my mom was the only one that used these - but oh man - We have got that from soooooo many people during this last little bit. Yes, life often hands you more than you can bear! That is when we find out to totally lean on God's care and compassion and know and trust that He truly will take care of you. Also, I do not for a minute believe God hands you all the things in your life that you get. I do believe bad things happen to good people just because there is sin in the world. We live in a sinful world! God gave us free choice. We often have to live "yuk" due to the consequences of other people's sins. God definitely can use the things that we go through for his ultimate glory! And he has, over and over and over again in our lives. Just this week our electric budget went down $72 a month. Guess how much our Delta dental Cobra is? Yes, you guessed it $72 a month. We have also found new renters! We were able to raise our rent $250 a month. And yesterday we sold our 55 Ford that we have been trying to sell for years!! I put it on Facebook and all the different rummage sale and car Facebook pages and within one hour we had a check in hand! God is good! Absolutely all of the time! We still have a ways to go with my elbow, finding a new job etc., but with God we will be OK! Thank you, thank you, thank you to our friends and family that have actually reached out to us in this time in our lives!! Tim and I never ever thought that we would be where we are at right now in this stage of our lives. As much "Dave Ramsey" ready you think you are- losing both your jobs within a year sort of sucks your emergency fund dry. But God is faithful!! He is taking care of all of our needs!! Saying you trust Him when everything is great is just that - great!! But actually having to truly do it - and then have God show up in just miraculous ways is absolutely AMAZING!!!!