“So You’re the One With the Back Pain?”
Do you believe in miracles? Our friend A shares an incredible testimony of how God instantly healed her back after more than 10 months in constant, overwhelming pain.
“I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate” – 1 Corinthians 1:19
It’s been a long hard 10 months of extreme back pain and not sleeping through the night… and as silly as it may sound, I knew there was something seriously wrong with my back pain issue when I had to stop wearing heels because my right leg became very weak and unstable.
My back pain stems from my past of extreme child abuse from my step-mom from the age of 5-17. Doctors have told me that every ligament that holds my spine together from the base of my neck to my tailbone is completely covered with scar tissue and therefore unstable.
At 17, I mustered up the courage to run away from home and soon became involved with humanitarian work and fought hard for children’s welfare issues; I helped build national campaigns for human welfare issues with organizations like The ONE Campaign, World Vision, Unicef, etc. A few years later, as a 3rd year undergrad at UCLA, I met God in power and truth and was baptized in the Holy Spirit….and I experienced a healing miracle – I was healed of asthma through a prayer from a pastor!
A few months after being baptized with the Holy Spirit, God gave me a dream about a woman who needed help. A week later I met the woman in real life and found out she had a quadriplegic husband. They lost their church health insurance although he had been a pastor with the church for over 40 years. So I left my job in television and stepped in to be their caretaker for the next 2 years. It was the most humbling experience watching a family fight through such a helpless situation. It also gave me a very obvious picture that God’s church isn’t divided by denominations, and if we are willing, He will send workers form His Church to each other since we are ONE body.
Soon after that stint, my back started giving me trouble and I hadn’t slept through the night for the past 10 months. I had been experiencing extensive pain, numbness, weakness, and times when I couldn’t get through the day without laying down for most of it. Rapidly, it became progressively worse.
So last week (the week of September 13) I finally surrendered to the fact that this could be irreversible and I found the courage to tell my own extended family that I was having excruciating back pain and that I might possibly need serious therapy/surgery/etc… it was painful asking my family who’s in denial about the past for financial support for MRI’s and etc. I was so ashamed to have to go back to the people who hurt me to help me. And they only responded negatively and skeptically. I don’t even know how to explain how painful that was…
A few days after talking to my family, on Sunday Sept 19, one of my friends, Pastor Bill Klekas, was in town. He’s a pastor with a cool prophetic gift of interpreting dreams. We were talking about life and as I was getting off the couch, my back was flipping out again so I said “oh, my back hurts” and he looked at me and said, “So YOU’RE the one with the back pain?!?!” and proceeded to tell me that he had suddenly been experiencing pretty severe back pain the night before and all day that day. Then he pointed out on my back all the areas he’d been feeling pain and those were the exact areas I was feeling pain. So he started praying a healing prayer over me and as his pain was being lifted, my pain was being lifted! And for the past 3 nights I slept through the entire night! First time in 10 months without pain! Praise God! I am so humbled and relieved.
I can’t say I understand why some people heal sooner than others, but I do know the test of faith is not an easy one. But I know in the scope of eternal life, we will all be healed of our infirmities. I’m thankful that I have received healing miracles in this lifetime when I least expected it. Thank you Jesus!
I have to say that the thought has crossed my mind how I may appear ridiculously unstable to my skeptical family in how I came to them one week telling them I’m in pain, and the next week telling them I’m healed. But as I prayed and presented that issue to God, I realized that only I have to deal with myself 24/7 and therefore only I experience my pain 24/7. So I cling to rejoicing that I am healed and that I cannot carry the burden of proving anything to anyone. Instead I take the joy of a greater faith that one day my family will hear and witness from the Lord Himself of my healing. God Himself will be my defender and redeemer. There is no word greater than His.