The Field of Flowers
By: Rick L. King
February 5, 2014
Many years ago when I was living in Southern Illinois the Lord took me on a challenging journey. I had known the Lord for maybe 3 to four years. My mother was living in Oregon with my sister and had developed cancer.
I was watching Pat Robertson on the 700 Club one day and he gave a word of knowledge. I did not know at that time that there was even such a thing from the Lord. To my amazement he described my mother to a tee. The reason that I knew that this was for her was because many years prior she had a goiter and had gone through surgery. The one who operated on her took too much of the gland out. The result was a giant knot on her throat along with a scar. The scar was like she was cut open from ear to ear and was visible all across her neck. Pat described all of this. He then said "God was healing her of cancer".
I just knew this was the Lord but really didn't know what to do. I had already told her years prior that I had gotten saved but she wasn't too thrilled over it. So I considered "what should I do?" Should I tell her or just wait. I finally sensed that I was to write her a letter concerning what had taken place. Yet I struggled as she already thought I was a little weird by getting saved, so what was she going to do when I told her that God had healed her? I wrote the letter even though I was struggling on would or could I send it to her. I finally said to the Lord, "alright I don't know what else to do so I am going to send this to her by faith". That was the key word, "faith". All the sudden the power of God came over me and I ended up on the floor. I know many don't believe in such things but I am telling you this happened and was very real. I had total peace afterwards.
I talked to my mother a short time later on the phone. She said that the doctors could find no cancer in her body at all. It was totally gone. I praised the Lord for it but she started saying how that chemotherapy healed her. I told her that God healed her and she would not believe that. Her upbringing was in a Episcopalian church and she was never led to believe that God healed. Also, she had never been saved. She did not have a relationship yet with Jesus Christ.
She stayed cancer free for about nine years. I then was told by my sister that she had cancer once again. I knew in my heart that this would have never come back on her if she had acknowledged Jesus and given the credit to the Lord. So here we go again.
I was finding myself with many shut doors in Southern Illinois. My job had ended and I found myself in a dilemma. With no money I ended up having to live with friends. I kept applying for jobs (over 70 to be exact) yet I could not get hired no matter what I did even though I was known in my profession. My friends thought I was being lazy but I exhausted every avenue I had. Because I had no money I could no longer drive my car. My tags expired. I had no insurance or gas. I was rather stuck with no idea what to do. I went to several pastor friends of mine for counsel. They all told me that they had no idea what I was to do different. They could not understand either as to why all doors were shut for me. I ended up walking the street and had to ask the small city for some money as I had no way to get food. I was really wondering what was happening and why the Lord had not intervened. I really was having to learn to trust him for my life and allow him to become my total source for provision. It was all out of my hands. Just when it looked like I would be living on the street, my sister called a friend of mine. I then got to talk with her. She had said that our mother needed twenty-four hour care. She had a job and that there was no way that she could afford to have her placed in a care facility but she had to keep her job also. She told me that if I would come to Oregon that she could give me $300.00 per month. Did I want to move to Oregon? Really I did not. But being it was either move or end up on the street I consented. She sent me money and I got all legal with the car, filled the tank, and off I went.
I was then at my sisters' house I think about two weeks. I told my mom about Jesus and she was born again. I was so excited. God had gone to great lengths to get her saved. Little did I know what he was up too, but obviously his plans were much greater than mine, He wanted her saved. About a week later she fell and broke her hip as the cancer was all throughout her body. She then woke me one night and told me that she had a dream. She saw herself as a little child walking through a field of flowers in a white robe. She also said that she was the happiest that she had ever been. I knew her time was short. Shortly after I knew that the Lord was going to take her home. I sat on the edge of her bed and put my hand on her leg and asked the Lord to have mercy and take her home as she just could not believe to be healed and she was unable to handle anymore. I looked up after praying and she was gone. God had mercy and took her right away. I think that was the quickest answer to prayer I ever had other than my own salvation. In my spirit I was leaping for joy as I knew she was wearing her white robe walking in the field of flowers. She was now out of pain and happy. Praise God for his mercy.
Many times the Lord has us step out in obedience when we have no clue what he has in mind. Scripture tells us:
Isaiah 55:9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
I am so glad that they are. I then was so grateful to the Lord for the struggle and trial that I had gone through as he wanted to use me to lead her to him. Even though she had rejected him when He decided to heal her the first time, He didn't give up on her. Jesus loved her and went to great lengths to make sure she would go to Heaven. I learned much about God's love through this time. Was the trial worth it? Totally, as I got to lead her to the one that loved and saved me though I never sought him either. He went after me and found me just in time.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.