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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/03/08)
TITLE: "A PATHWAY OF HEALINGS."
By Kenneth Heath
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The walk of Faith is like a never-ending roller coaster ride, dropping you from dizzy heights into the valleys below, gathering speed as you take God at His Word. Life in the fast lane just cannot compare, faith is the ultimate “rush” that no chemical can imitate.
My wife and I were attending a new church. It had many needs and one Sunday we were asked to verbally pledge towards the purchase of a vehicle. As I heard my friend make his pledge, I felt the Lord say to me, “I want you to pay his pledge.” I cringed as I added my friends pledge to mine. The total was a thousand rand, far more than my small salary could handle. However, I have learnt to be obedient, so I informed my friend of the Lords instruction and paid our pledges.
That evening my wife felt an abnormal lump in her breast. At 4 am that Monday morning, the Lord woke her and said, “Satan has asked to sift you as wheat, but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” (Luke 22:31&32.)
In her testimony she wrote the following; “I then knew I had cancer and that my breast would be removed, but I also knew that He would never leave me nor forsake me. I felt an incredible peace come over me and then I really under stood what it meant to have “a peace that surpasses all understanding.” At first I said, why me? And then the Lord reminded me of my words, that I had prayed so often during my quiet times; “Father, May I bring glory to You, in and through my life and may You use me to and for Your Glory.” There were times as I said these words, that I felt the Lord ask me if I really knew what I was saying and that if He took me at my word, would I still love Him?”
To reassure her that all would be well, the Lord gave her Isaiah 43:1&2, James 1:2-4 and Jeremiah 29:11 to read. We crested the top of the roller coaster that Monday and plunged into the abyss below. Doctor’s appointments, mammograms, biopsies, blood tests, sonar’s and more tests. The results confirmed a malignant tumour and our Doctor hastily made preparations for a radical mastectomy. Amid many tears we informed our three teenagers that mommy had cancer and that she was to undergo surgery.
The surgeon removed the breast and all the lymph glands. While she was in the recovery room, he had already contacted a specialist at a hospital 500 kilometres away, and booked her in for chemotherapy and post op care. She was only 36yrs old and he felt aggressive treatment was required.
The speed of this process astounded me and left me punch drunk. Praise the Lord that she had come through the op and for all the arrangements, but how was I going to pay for it all? I had no surplus funds and no medical insurance. I now had to take an unpaid leave of absence, drive her to a hospital far from home and find someone to look after our children. I did not even have money for fuel or accommodation, as I had pledged all we had.
That night as I prayed, the Lord gave me a vision of a “pathway of healings”. A pathway He said of physical healing, spiritual healing and financial healing, not a “quick fix” but a journey. A peace flooded my soul and for the first time in many days I slept. The following day the phone rang off the hook and well wishers paraded through our house leaving behind them, cards, frozen meals and gifts of cash, enough to pay for our trip and more. Granny arrived to run the home and we were on our way.
God is good and true to His Word. A friend blessed Sharon with a wig. Her employer paid all the local doctors bills, and as a State patient, she received medical treatment in excess of a hundred thousand rand, talk about a “hundredfold return.” Nine years later my beautiful wife still graces my side and is in good health, encouraging many with her testimony of Gods goodness and provision. Be quick to obey dear pilgrim there’s always a good reason to do so. Remember, Gods timing is always perfect.
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