Five or so years ago I received a word from David Wagner that my hip was going to be replaced, not by man made parts, but by the Lord. I was so excited and grateful to the Lord, and my heart wanted to believe it. This became a real journey for me.
I was raised in a Congregational Church and I was not taught that God heals people. However, I had experienced His healing touch in my life as He set me free from addiction, He restored my emotions, healed my marriage, and continues to restore me and my family. How could I not believe that He would also heal my body!
Time passed, and I wasn’t getting better, rather my movement was becoming more restrictive as that is the reality of arthritis. I would ask the Lord, "Why am I not receiving this healing?" The enemy loved this as he would say things like, “He may heal some but not you.” This spoke to my sense of worthlessness.
I continued to talk, cry, and weep to the Lord as I didn’t understand. My relationship with Him continued to grow and the reality that I don’t have to understand why things happen or don’t happen was the result. I trust Him. I chose to focus on what the Lord was doing in my life rather than what was not happening. The Lord is sovereign, He is trustworthy, and He is always good. In all things, He is always good. I have a track record with Him and that is my testimony about His character.
I decided this year to go ahead with the replacement surgery. In the past when I would even consider that, the sense that I was giving up on God would come over me, (another lie!) and I would leave things alone. Today, I believe that the Lord can even heal my now ceramic hip, as He is all powerful and nothing is impossible for Him!
I scheduled my surgery, and His presence with me that day was so amazing. I had such peace. There was no fear, no anxiety; just incredible peace.
My recovery has been just as incredible. Two weeks after my surgery, I came to the Bethesda Saturday morning healing clinic to praise the Lord for what He had done so far, and to ask for more. I had the opportunity to confess to the Lord that I believe He heals His children and I thanked Him for the process that I walked through with Him, getting to know His character and His heart for is children.
I went to church the next day and Pastor Rick asked if he could pray for me as he heard my right leg was now shorter than the left as a result of the surgery. I said yes, and he and Mandy began to pray that the leg would grow. I was sitting with my eyes closed receiving and believing when my right side from my hip on down just felt like it had relaxed.
Suddenly, Rick asked me, "Did you just do that?"
I said, “No, did I do what?”
He told me that my leg just grew out!! So I got up and handed him my cane and began walking around!!
I went home and began testing things to be sure this is indeed was what had happened. My physical therapist told me to take of my left shoe and walk around, this was supposed to help me be level. I took my shoe off and I was NOT level. The clincher was earlier in my recovery, I had rolled my pants up as we had some warm weather. My husband looked at me and said, "Amy, I don’t mean to scare you, but your knees are uneven!" He then lovingly affirmed me by letting me know he would stay with me!! This day, my daughter Laura was in the room and I pulled up my pants above my knees and I asked her, "Laura are they even?" She said, "YES!"
I wanted to share this with everyone to give glory and honor to my heavenly Father! I pray that it will be an encouragement and that our faith would be increased.