A miracle? A miracle!

This is THAT post... the one I so would wish that you were at my kitchen table with Frank. me. and a full pot of coffee, so that you could just hear our hearts.  Would you just pause for a moment and ask the Lord to speak clearly to you through my words.  To the glory of God!

God IS good; God WAS good; God ALWAYS WILL be good.  In fact, I would take it one more step and say God IS great; God WAS great; God ALWAYS WILL be great!

He certainly doesn't need my help in communicating those facts, and honestly... HE doesn't need my help at all... or my protection of Him and His reputation.  So, why do I feel the need to share a miracle with a caveat, a warning, a caution?

Numerous studies have been conducted on the number of words that men and women speak during a day.  The latest one I found states that women speak around 20,000 and men around 7,000.  I'd say that's close in our household... I use many more words to speak and write!

So here's what Frank would say to you:

My back doesn't hurt today.  It hasn't hurt for more than 3 weeks.  Praise the Lord!

Here's what I would say:

I don't know how to even begin to find the words for this.  Frank had his first back surgery on June 16, 2004, and he has lived with chronic pain since then.  Some of you might remember that on January 14, 2012, he woke up and said his back wasn't hurting.  We celebrated and shared that news with friends, and we still believe that 7 days was a gift from God - a miracle.  The pain did return just as if it had never been silenced.  So we've continued to pray for healing most every day.  And so have so many friends and family members and even people that don't know us personally.  We've all prayed always believing that God absolutely could, at the blink of His eye or the fling of His hand or the mere thought of it, heal Frank and give relief from pain.

Now I would need to take a breath... and continue..

Why now... after 11 years... is this a miracle?  Will this last for a month... a year... a lifetime on earth...  Why are we surprised?  God is good.  God loves His children.  God answers prayer, not always when I want Him to or how I want Him to... imagine that - He is God; I am not.  

I've been devouring  the gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) searching for each miracle of healing that Jesus offered... and then, more importantly, what did the recipient of that healing do.  Most often, I've found the word, "faith", and I've observed the reality that the recipient did nothing but rejoice and tell others... (Some even when Jesus told them not to tell.)

Hebrews 11 has been deemed the "Hall of Faith/Fame".  The big names are there... Abel, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses and on the list goes.  As they enter the "stage" receiving their introduction, the same two words precede each one... 

By faith,                               

I am trying to define a God event in my feeble human terms.  Seriously!  Who do I think I am?  God was good when I was lying on the floor in an emotional heap in a room at the Cleveland Clinic when the doctor said there is nothing to do...  God is good today.  And HE is good tomorrow because HE is God.  Can you believe we have the honor of being HIS children??

Can I just tell you that NO PAIN after 11 years IS... GREAT NEWS... to celebrate and praise the Lord and share, but, oh friends, we have the BEST NEWS for the whole world - JESUS  - God planned for our eternity through the death and resurrection of His only Son... that is FOREVER - no pain, no tears, no sadness... only JOYFUL CELEBRATION AND WORSHIP!  THANKS BE TO GOD!

So, here's my struggle... there may be a day that I have to share with you... Frank's back hurts again, but God doesn't need  me to protect you from that possibility, does He?

Today is the day the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it... and my sweetheart doesn't have a back ache!  Thank you, Righteous, Sovereign God of the Universe.  Blessed be the name of the Lord.

Just like my friend who after a devastating cancer battle recently told me:  I am cancer-free right now.  Either way though... I win,  healed now, healed a little later here on earth, or healed when I meet Jesus face to face... and THAT is a forever reality.

    Now faith is confidence
 in what we hope for 
 about what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1


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  2. When Dawn told me about Frank and some of your thoughts, and now I read this...I tend to think we pray most of the time for what we want and not what God wants. The miracles come when we allow the Great God to be God, and we trust him. I think of how Jesus taught the disciples to pray. "Your kingdom come, your will be done." Jesus says to only ask for our daily provision.

    Praising God for the moment, and for Frank being pain free.

  3. Thanks, Carl! We so agree!! And when we truly agree that God's way is the best... that changes everything... We are still so human so much of the time! To be more like Jesus...

  4. Celebrating with you this amazing news! God is good all the time & all the time God is good! He gave you just the right words to share your heart! I love what your friend said, Either way though... I win, healed now, healed a little later here on earth, or healed when I meet Jesus face to face". Praise the Lord!!

  5. Praise HIM . . . you do that well! <3

  6. Our family is rejoicing and continuing to praise and pray for the continued relief. Love, Jill and Dennis

    1. Thanks Jill! Please say hello to Dennis for us! Thank you for rejoicing with us!