Out of the Darkness

Posted on January 16, 2019 by America's Keswick in Victory Call

At first I was not really sure I should be sharing a rather recent event that happened in my life, but then, well what can I say…the Lord seemed to say it may encourage someone right when they need it.  So…here I go.

After dinner, two days before Thanksgiving, I began to have what seemed like the stomach virus.  If you have ever had the stomach virus you know it is a very uncomfortable illness that generally lasts about eight hours and is completely humiliating as you have to spend your time in the bathroom for fear you may not get back there in time.   Well this time it was more than the stomach virus.  It went through the night and by the next afternoon my husband insisted I let him take me to our primary doctor or the hospital.  I was having only what I could describe as contractions in my stomach that would not give up.  The pain was excruciating.  I would get breaks from the pain but then they would come back.  If you ever had a child you know how significant the pain can be.  That severe pain would go for about ½ hour to 45 minutes before I would get a break.  Then it would come again.  I was in a place of darkness I cannot describe.

My husband certainly made sense but I was scared.  I have had significant surgeries and there was no way I wanted to have another surgery. We went to the doctor.  I waited in the car until they had a room for me, as I did not want to scare anyone in the waiting room.  What a job getting up there.  I had trouble standing up straight and walking.  I was so weak I was afraid I would fall.  Glenn had to nearly carry me in.  Well you likely guessed it; the doctor said I had to go to the hospital by ambulance in my condition.  He could not tell what was happening.  I needed a CAT scan and I needed to be hydrated.

So I had my first ride in an ambulance.  While in the ambulance I asked the young woman who was riding with me if she ever prayed with anyone in the ambulance.  She indicated that she tries to if someone wants prayer.  I asked her if I prayed for her and myself would she join me.  She said yes and then, a most wonderful thing happened, God showed Himself strong.  I called forth favor upon this precious angel of mercy who was with me and blessed her although I do not know what I said.  Then I prayed healing over my body.  Nothing fancy, very basic.  I cried out to God in my time of need and He healed me just as it says in Psalm 30:2.  I had been crying out the night before and all day but the pain kept coming.  But in that ambulance the pain stopped and dear ones, it never came back.  I was so overwhelmed with the presence of God and to be free of the pain I was praising our God.   The tears of thankfulness and praise would not stop running down my face.

In the hospital I was hydrated and they did a CAT scan.  The doctor told me the lining of my colon was inflamed and had a viral infection.  He was sure something I ate caused it.  The last meal I digested was a completely raw meal of green leafy lettuce and veggies.  Even though it was not Romaine lettuce it is likely the green leafy lettuce was contaminated.  In my heart I know God healed me of something that could no longer be detected in the CAT scan.  I do not know what, but this I do know, that pain never returned.  It took a long time before I was able to eat normal again, but the pain never returned.

The lesson for me was to press on believing for my healing.  The Word of God will never return void dear one.  Psalm 30:2 says in the Passion Translation, “O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.”  It is the verse, I believe Holy Spirit released from my mouth, that did not return void.   The Word will never return void.  It may or may not return quickly but it will nevertheless never return void.  Be encouraged.  Know the Word and allow Holy Spirit to use it through your mouth at your time of need.

Blessed, by His grace, to be a blessing,

Patricia Wenzel

Written by Pat Wenzel: Rev. Patricia Wenzel is the founder and director of a state wide prayer ministry, PRAY New Jersey Inc. since 2002.  The ministry is committed to praying for and blessing those serving in authority positions in our state, particularly in government.  The ministry is also committed to equipping the saints to pray for those serving in government.  The vision and ministry is guided by the Word of God, in particular 1 Tim. 2:1-4 and Is. 61:11.  Pat is thankful for the ministry of America’s Keswick.  She graduated from Women of Character in July 2008. 

The Daily Bible Reading: Genesis 39-40, Romans 13 | You can download our 2018 Daily Bible Reading Plan by clicking here

Daily Quote: “Fear imprisons, faith liberates; fear paralyzes, faith empowers; fear disheartens, faith encourages; fear sickens, faith heals; fear makes useless, faith makes serviceable.” – Harry Emerson Fosdick

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.” -Genesis 3:15

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