As I left the Tuesday night Bible study that night, I heard the familiar Voice say inside of me -"do you Trust Me?". Of course Lord, you know I trust you, I answered but not too confidently - I knew from experience that something was up. The Lord was leading but I didn't know it then.
Several months before that night I felt led of the Lord to sign up with a Christian health plan (one of several now in operation) although, of course, mighty woman of faith that I was, I just knew I'd never need it. (Word of Faith movement, you know!)
One week after I heard that precious Voice ask that question, hurricane season struck in Miami, Florida. After the first storm came and went, my mother said, "you better clean up the mildew from the sidewalk - it's dangerous." But smart me, knowing another storm was following just a couple of days later, I thought to myself, I'll clean up after the next storm - that way I only clean up once! (Brilliant, I have the Mind of Christ right?) WRONG MOVE!
As I was walking too quickly towards the other side of the house, I suddenly felt my feet skid and I knew I was in for a hard fall. As I hit the concrete walkway (both arms extended upward and outward), I didn't feel any pain but I only heard a strange swoshing sound. I'll never know how I got up by myself except by angelic support.
As I got up on my knees I instinctively cried out - "YOU ARE MY HEALER JESUS!" Then the excrutiating pain hit. Like a small Roman sword stuck in my right shoulder.
It was at least 2 days before I went to a hospital. During that time I prayed and prayed and prayed as I didn't know what hospital or doctor to see. Thank God my Christian health plan gives me the option of choosing whatever hospital or doctor I wanted - (no referrals, no HMO-type system).
As I finally received peace in my spirit about going to a particular hospital, I happened to walk into the er when Miami's very top notch orthopedic surgeon, Dr. James Voglino was visiting (God's split second timing!)
A flawless operation even according to the surgeon's standard. No discoloration, swelling, pain or discomfort whatsoever after the operation. The therapy went flawless also. What a Blessing Lord!
THEN CAME THE BILL...OUCH! $22,000.00 FOR JUST ONE AND HALF DAYS!
Then, another storm hit, except bigger.
My Christian health plan ran into deep trouble due to a horrendous scandal by the founding CEO. Torrid details of course televised by the leading television news magazines out to get anything Christian followed.
For a whole year I made credit card payments. Ug! At least I had excellent credit, some didn't even have credit. There were literally thousands of families, many of them the elderly, stuck in the same predicament. But at least I knew I had heard from the Lord in praying before I signed up in the health plan.
The turning point. I went to the park one day to fast and pray and it was at that little park the Lord gave me the specific strategy I needed in order to start getting the finances flowing once again to the other families subscribed in the same health plan.
What was the strategy? Well, the Lord instructed me to "give" or "seed" the entire $22,000.00 due me and relinquish it in favor of others receiving their reimbursements for their expenses.
In other words, just forget about the money and give it so others could get paid instead. Again, the familiar words, "do you trust Me?" Not liking this one at all, but knowing I was hearing from the Lord, I responded, "of course I trust you." Then came the breakthrough!
The health plan, being full of wonderful dedicated Christian people went to work with prayer and effort and starting paying off all the bills - little by little with a new CEO and board of directors. After a year went by, my Christian health plan paid off all monies to the penny. Yes, even my $22,000.00 which I had given freely to others. Oh, He is an awesome God!
Yes, God is my healer and yours also. BUT HE HAS HIS WAY AND TIMING IN HEALING...it's up to you to build Yourself An Ark! (His particular instructions for your healing and indeed, the financing of the healing if need be should He choose to heal through others), and everything else in your life according to His specifications.
Sure, He can and does heal supernaturally in answer to the prayer of faith, the laying on of hands, or going to a healing evangelist meeting. But then, many times He chooses to heal by many different ways - by taking nutritional supplements, by going to a doctor, whichever way He desires...because only He knows the root cause of your health problem AND how to take care of it.
Just be sure to follow His instructions for your life according to His Blueprint in every detail and IF YOU NEED TO HAVE HEALING ALONG THE WAY...you'll come out winning.