God Encouraged Me with Luke Five

God Encouraged Me with Luke Five

For three years I have not been feeling well. In fact, I’ve grown increasingly worse. I’m seeing a second doctor in less than two years because my first doctor told me he no longer knew how to help me.

My hope was all but gone.

Is this how my son Joshua felt, when he was diagnosed at age fifteen with an auto immune problem?

Yes, I’m suffering with a body that no longer works as it should. But Joshua was born sick. He suffered all his life.

For more than three seasons, beginning in fall, I worked at remembering this. I’ve suffered to the point I sensed I might die. Ready to go, I told the Lord that it was okay to take me. I was ready. And I truly meant it.

After watching Joshua suffer his entire life, I don’t believe for one moment that I hurt as badly as he did, though.

But I felt sorry for myself. I whined. I pitched a fit. Sometimes I wondered how I could go on.

In bed one night about two months ago, I was not able to sleep for the thousandth time. My attitude needed to change, but here I went again, complaining. I told the Lord, “I can’t take this lack of sleep. I’m never going to heal if I don’t sleep.”

I let out a sob and then felt ashamed. In a whisper, I said, “I’ll have to gather my courage, Your courage, Lord, and trust in you. There’s no other way.”

Finally, I began to dose off to sleep, when a clear voice said, “Luke Five.”

I blinked my eyes, wide awake now. Only the Lord could have done this.

I would read Luke Five in the morning.

The next day, an excitement stirred within me, but I couldn’t remember why. Then it dawned on me. Luke Five. I couldn’t wait to do my farm chores so I could read.

Over an hour later, I settled in my chair and began to read Luke Five. I kept looking for that one verse the Lord wanted me to see. After reading the entire fifth chapter, I frowned. But only for a moment. What could be the theme? Ah, ha! Jesus healing the people.

A few hours later, I told my husband what had happened the night before, and how God impressed me after I read Luke Five. Grinning, I told him I believed with my whole being that the Lord would heal me.

My husband didn’t miss a beat and said, “I was reading Luke Five last night.”

Really?

Double confirmation.

Thank You, Lord.

I now know, after seeing my new doctor, that all the problems I’m having with my gut, my thyroid, and my liver is because of numerous head traumas that began when I was seven years old. I’m now beginning healing exercises that will enable my brain to give the proper signals to my body.

I don’t know how long it will take for my body to work again, but the doctor is optimistic that it will happen. At nearly sixty-two, I believe I’ll feel much better than I did before.

Father God, thank You for loving me so much that You heard my prayer and encouraged me to have hope and to trust always in You. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Jean Ann Williams About Jean Ann Williams

Jean Ann Williams lives in Southern Oregon with her husband Jim. Although one of their children has passed on to the Great Beyond, their two remaining children have blessed them with thirteen grandchildren, their Baker’s Dozen. Jean Ann keeps up two blogs: the first is about the writing life Jean Ann Williams: Author, and Love Truth where she writes of how God continues to encourage and bless her after her son’s suicide in 2004.

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