"Are you ready to go, sweetheart?" he asked.
"Not quite" she replied. "I'm tellin' them my story."
"I'll just wait for you in the car" he said.
The young woman shot him a look that announced her overwhelming fear of abandonment and begged for the assurance of a father's love.
"I'm not gonna leave you" he said convincingly with a smile in his eye.
"Promise?" she asked.
A year ago Marie was strung out on drugs and alcohol. Homeless and alone, she frequently gave herself to men and women for a place to stay. At 5' 9" and a meager 90 lbs she must have looked like a walking skeleton. It's a miracle that she's still alive.
Last Thursday, she walked into Meal of Hope - A weekly meal served by the interns and staff of Provision International for those in need - but she was not alone. Accompanied by a kind man and his wife who had welcomed her into their lives a year ago, the three were now like a family. Her beautiful blue eyes welled up with tears as she said "it just kills me on the inside that I can't do anything to help them financially." A car accident a couple of years before left her with an excruciating back injury that requires shots every few weeks just so she can walk. "The doctors told me I'd have to settle for disability." She explained.
"The enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that they may have life and have it to the full." The words of Jesus recorded in John 10:10.
With the knowledge of this truth, boldness rose up in me. "Marie deserves to have life and have it to the full!" "She's been stolen from long enough." I thought. With that, my friend Davina and I started praying and asking The Lord to heal her spine and realign her back in accordance with Heaven We asked the Holy Spirit to fill her body with His love and presence and to right what was wrong. No fancy words, no complicated prayer formula - just a heartfelt request.
Marie opened her tear filled eyes, looked at me with a smile, and sat up straight. "I couldn't straighten my back when I walked in here tonight - I usually have to sit like this..." she said as she showed me the noticeable hunch in her lower back. She sat up straight again to show that she could and then stood up with a look of childlike amazement on her face. She couldn't believe it! Davina and I were delighted and amazed as well. "Did you feel anything happen when we prayed?" I asked curiously. "Yeah, I could feel this warmth in my back."
This story of healing is consistent with so many that I've heard, but relatively few that I've had the honor of bearing witness to first hand. I can honestly say that a year ago I would not have been so bold to pray for a person's healing on the spot. I've always wanted to believe that God was still in the business of miracles, but was too afraid to take the risk to pray so boldly - "They might think I'm crazy." "What if nothing happens." etc. Now the risk feels minimal compared to the potential for God to move through a simple act of prayer and change someone's life in an instant.
Seeing may be believing but "blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed." John 20:29