After months of living in a wheelchair and going to what seemed like countless physical therapy sessions. Easter was coming and God was about to fulfill a promise. A leg fixator had spent eight months in my lower left leg which required me to be non-weight bearing. Walking was not a possibility. Yet, Easter was coming.
My church, New Hope Community Church was preparing for the annual Easter production of the “The Promise” I had played the part of the narrator in this passion play for a few years. However, I thought that the motorcycle wreck had ended my narration career.
The director, Carolyn Hoover surprised me by asking me to narrate the play again. It was wonderful to look forward to something that was normal. I asked my physical therapists if it would be possible to walk in the play. One PT said “Maybe” and the other said “No.” The left leg fixator was removed only the week before the performance. After over eight months of pin care, the metal sculpture was finally removed from my leg. I had not been able to stand for the entire time without the help of a walker. In Physical therapy I could look forward to learning to walk again. I needed a miracle to walk in the Promise.
I was taken to the parallel bars at Physical rehab to stand for the first time on both legs in months. The first time I stood, I fainted. Yet I stood. Easter was coming. Each Promise rehearsal I would attend in a wheelchair but my heart told me that I was walking in the services. On Wednesday I was able to walk with the help of a cane one time the length of the rehab room. The first performance was on Good Friday and I would need to stand for very long periods.
A huge walking cane was made for me. I could barely hold it with my broken hands. The big stick gave me the look of real life old prophet. I needed to wear a boot to protect my leg that looked like the boots Herman Munster wore. The costume ladies hid the boot with cloth and I was ready to go.
On Good Friday, 2003 my personal evidence of God’s power to heal I walked through the entire performance. When the miracle scene occurred, I wept because I felt like a miracle. Jesus had touched me and healed me; I was living not performing that scene. Easter came and I was walking with God.
I claimed Isaiah 40: 28-31 as one of my healing verses, especially the part “They will walk and not be faint.” I lived that verse on Easter in the Promise. Praise God our Savoir who heals our souls and bodies!
Isaiah 40:28-31, “Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”