I was sitting at my dining room table trying to breathe without coughing. I had been plagued with a cough for six months. I closed my eyes trying to will the cough away, knowing it was futile. Months of doctor visits could not find and solve the problem. I took a deep breath and then it happened. A coughing fit so severe, it tore the lining of my right lung. The pain was incredible. I could barely move my right arm. I had this happen once before, it felt like a pleurisy.
I started crying. I had never felt so battered and worn down in my life. How was I going to walk? I needed both arms to hold on to my walker. It hurt to even breathe, there wasn’t any way to use my arm without more pain. What was I going to do? I did the first thing that entered my mind. I prayed.
Sitting at my table I told the Lord how I was happy to be alive. I told Him I needed Him to be my strength. I said I didn’t know what to ask for, please just take this pain away. I told Him how tired I was. How much I needed the rest He promises to all. I sat there praying for everything and everyone that came to mind. I always feel at peace when I am praying and wanted that feeling to go on and on.
I needed to get up. I managed with huge tears stinging my eyes. As I slowly wheeled myself to the bathroom, I again started praying. Every movement was pure agony. I begged the Lord to take it away NOW! Nothing happened. I went through the rest of the day and into the night pleading for relief. I prayed without ceasing. Finally I fell into a deep sleep blessedly not aware of the pain.
I awoke the next morning afraid to move. I knew it would hurt to push myself into an upright position. I lay there as long as I could until my bladder commanded I do otherwise. I rolled to the edge of the bed, swung my feet over and very slowly pushed myself up. I was ready for the searing pain that was sure to come. What did happen was nothing at all! No pain!! I raised my arm over my head, no pain! I took a deep breath, no pain and no cough! Was this real? My cough and my pain were gone! The Lord heard me and answered me!
Once again I have been shown if we pray without ceasing, we will get an answer from our loving Lord. He will always be there for you because He loves you!
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