As I was sitting, so impatient with God at Soak Sunday night, I kicked off my shoes. Desperate, I drug my hands up on the pew in front of me pushing my weight up to stand. I walked silently to the altar. Indian style, I laid each hand upon each thigh with my palms facing up. Reaching in silence, in disguise, waiting for something to fall in place with my palms, something to squeeze tight as I said over and over, “I give you all of who I am, take it.” An image shot across my mind of God sitting directly in front of me, placing his hands with mine, showing me to squeeze tight. I did.
My back was in severe pain and I stood up and crept outside to go to my usual seat up on the balcony. I was uncomfortable, alone, weary, distracted. “Was that all God wanted to do with me tonight?” I thought, selfishly. I looked over my shoulder staring at the faces below me, tears in sight and hands raising for more. I didn’t feel right where I was, so secluded. I walked down back to the altar, still in severe pain but I knew standing usually helps.
Jay stopped worship, and asked if there was anyone with physical pain. “Uh, yeah!” I said to myself, but rarely do I do the altar call thing. Mr. Paul and another lady raised their hands. As I stood next to Jesse, I whispered in his ear, “I feel like I should have raised my hand for my back, oh well.” He grinned and we started praying. In my doubtful mind, I already knew healing was a no-go for these two, but I pointed my hands anyways and prayed. Nothing happened. We prayed again. Nothing happened. Jay said, “Is there anyone else needing healing?” In a nervous wreck, I raised my hand. Of course he wasn’t looking my way so it nearly felt like an eternity with my hand raised in the air until someone pointed him into my direction. He stood up on the stairs, telling me to come forward.
I saw him look at my feet, lime green socks with no shoes to be in sight. I stood there and told him I fractured my spine, with a reply of, “Well, maybe you shouldn’t do that again.” I giggled in nervousness of being looked at by over a 100 people. I told myself, “Maybe you should have just say in the balcony, way to embarrass yourself.” I went with it, with a group of strangers touching me from my head to my lower back, I felt a sharp, intense pain. A hand was lying right where it hurt, terribly. It was a pain that felt like a needle struck right through my bone and I flinched in silent agony. Tears rolling down, I realized it immediately stopped. A lady was praying in tongues over me, which didn’t move me and I felt bad that all this prayer was going in one ear and out the other because right then, I knew God healed me. Oddly, my first thought was, “I guess I can go skiing now!” Yeah, I guess I should rethink my priorities huh?
Jay looked at me and asked me my pain level. I couldn’t speak. I was dumbfounded. Numb. I just had to hug him, I just had to show him physically how grateful I am for God and him instead of giving him a number of my pain with 1-10. I was changed, I was healed. He went on to speak and my hearing was just out at that point. The lady who was speaking in tongues over me grabbed my hand and I wrapped my arms over her waist, a stranger who loved me, who spoke healing into my life held me to tell me, “This is real, baby girl, this is real.” I cried, I looked up seeing that no one was around anymore, wondering if this really just happened. In awe and shock my first thought was, “I must go find my shoes and go to Jeremy’s so I can let the early Edger’s in.” That is just what I did. I did not stay to worship, in fact, after that, I thought church was over. As I went to the stairs, already looking at the agonizing walk up there I remembered what just happened. I ran up the stairs as fast as I could. I grabbed my shoes and keys and ran down the stairs, again, as fast as I could. I then, causally skipped (yes, I skipped) to my car. I looked at the sky, and just saw the stars. That is where I thanked God, that is where I realized that through all the impatience and pain, he pulled me out of my comfort zone to show me a part of Him I have never exactly experienced.
I was scared to say anything to anyone, even to Jeremy and Kim. But, tonight is where I am ready to share. After nearly a week of no pain, I’m slowly accepting that this really happened. So much doubt filled my mind. So much worry of what if’s filled my heart. “What if God didn’t heal me like I think He did? What if it is just temporary?” I will not lie, the question has crossed daily to me in fear. But I’m here to say right now, I do not doubt God’s healing anymore. I do not doubt prayer, anymore. Doubt, for sure, will come in my life on a regular basis. I’m writing this to remember. I’m writing this for reassurance.
This experience has not shoved me face first into guilt with the things I should/n’t be doing because I’m scared God will take my healing away. I have had this thought cross through, but I also heard God say, “That is not me, I healed you because I love you, I healed you because I was eager too.” Gods words can be so simple that it’s nearly confusing. I accept, though. I accept that I am loved and healed because God says I am. This is where I am okay with being innocent and gullible, because I know it’s true.