Robin Johnson, who served two terms on the Warren County (Georgia) Board of Education, considers herself just an ordinary person. But, she has had an extraordinary healing. A tumor in her breast disappeared by divine intervention.
Affable, vivacious, and bubby, Robin’s eyes fill with tears recalling her fear of cancer. It is a fear born out of her childhood experience with the deadly disease.
In 1968 while her father was fighting in Vietnam, Robin stood at her mother’s coffin feeling incredibly alone, scared, and lost. Breast cancer stole Robin’s mother from her when she was only nine years old. Her mother died at age 47.
At age 13, Robin began to smoke Marlboro Lights and quickly became addicted to the point of smoking two packs daily. The first thing every morning, she lit up a Marlboro Light. “My best friend,” she recalls.
Always, always in the back of her mind was the haunting thought, “Like mother, like daughter.” She said, “I felt that cancer could pop up at any minute. It was a dreadful nightmare.”
The ghost came out of the shadows and attacked her full force when she felt a lump in her breast. Eerily, Robin was 44. She was almost the age of her mother when she succumbed to breast cancer.
Frightened by her ghastly discovery, she made an appointment for a mammogram. The exam revealed an abnormality. Follow-up exams confirmed a tumor.
Driving down I-20 on her way back from MCG to Warren County, Robin wept. Arriving home, she ripped up her “best friend” and quit smoking. She called every preacher that she knew and asked that they pray for her healing. Her friends and church prayed.
Robin went forward one Sunday for prayer at her church, Prospect United Methodist Church, with about 15 congregants in an idyllic rural setting located on a dirt road near Norwood. Her pastor laid hands on her and prayed for healing of her mind, body, and spirit. Robin testifies that she felt an overwhelming force of love come over her.
Afterwards, her surgeon, Dr. Joe Wills, was about to perform a biopsy. After one last preliminary exam before the biopsy, he told Robin, “There is nothing there anymore.” She was incredulous. The medical professionals found a tumor. Now, Dr. Willis told her that it was gone.
Robin, now 53, remembers that she was so consumed about the long road of suffering and treatment ahead of her coupled with her fear of breast cancer that she forgot about the divine power that is there. Always lurking in the darkness was the concern about her genetics. She said, “It was a battle between the history of my mom and my own spiritual faith. I wanted to believe, but I couldn’t. I needed others of strong faith to pray for me.
“I have no idea why the Lord chose to heal me. I can’t say that I had a lot of faith, but I did have hope. I clung to hope like a frightened child clings to her mother.”
Words became difficult for her as she expressed to me the deepening spiritual relationship she has with Christ. “Maybe one day I will know the reasons for my healing. I have had traumatic trials and tribulations in my life ever since I stood helplessly beside my mother, watching her suffer, and die. I’ve had victories and defeats.
“Each day I live is a day to serve my community, my church, and my Savior. Each day is a day of thanksgiving to enjoy my life on our farm with my husband, Allen, and our spoiled rat terrier, Minnie.
“I am living proof that miracles happen. I feel that I can face almost anything with Christ by my side. In the end when death eventually comes, I know I am a winner because Christ won the victory for me forever. Like the Apostle Paul wrote in Philippians 1:20-21, I can say that Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death. For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.”
Rev. Dan White is pastor of North Columbia Church, Appling, GA. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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