The Joy of a Testimony
Welcome to The Conversation Nook. It is a fun place to hang out. You'll find cartoons, funny videos, recipes, informational snippets from the world wide web or words of encouragement. This month I'm sharing a testimony, with a side of humor, books and dance.
The covers to the right are just a few of the books in my TBR&R (To Be Read and/or Reviewed) stack. I fell behind on my reading in 2015, due in large part to a prolonged vision issue. One moment I was driving my car on the freeway, the next I could not see the road. That's when my guardian angel shoved my car out into an exit lane, saving me from a 65 mph head-on collision with a dividing wall.
Turns out I had an aggressive form of cataracts. It got so bad that I had to stop driving. My daughter chauffeured me for the last six months of the year. (Thank you, Arayna. I love you.) Have you ever seen a cataract? The video below won't play on this site, so you'll have to use the link. Check it out.
If that wasn't bad enough, I couldn't read much during the day. It was painful to look at the screen. Well, much of the pain was emotional. I would look at a screen and see a foggy haze of little, tiny characters. I grew frustrated with magnifying items on my computer to 400% or more, using a black screen with white writing in order to see. Everything slowed down.
It's funny now, but there are a lot of people that I spoke to last year that I actually did not see. My productivity was virtually nonexistent, discouragement tried to become my best friend. Pretty much everything in my life was delayed, denied or came to a screeching halt. I believe my doctor told me I was about six months away from blindness. Praise God for the truth of His Word.
I knew that I was healed, but I needed to know how God wanted my healing to manifest. Through the laying on of hands and strong faith; or something else? Two days before my first ophthalmology appointment (it took four months to get in) I was praying on my way to church.
I saw Jesus rise up inside of me and move to my left eye. There was a black, burnt out bulb. He changed the light bulb, then moved over to my right eye and did the same thing. Yes, I had a word of knowledge (thank you Christal for your Bible study notes). Jesus changed the light bulbs in my eyes, and that's why I knew that my healing would manifest through a surgical procedure.
I was told that I had the option of surgery. The doctor actually said, "we'll do your left eye first, and then the right one". That's what I saw Jesus do, and that is what He did. So, I'm healed, with 20/20 vision, something better than what I had before. Glory to God! Yes, that's a shouting testimony. I can see. I can read. And I give God the glory for the knowledge He released to mankind for healing.I'm thankful for the doctors and other caregivers that allowed that knowledge to flow into and through them.
By the way, my church fellowship is multicultural, but I could relate to the moves these men do. You'll get the idea.
WORKS IN PROGRESS: I'm both a reader and a writer.
I'm happy to say that I began writing my first novella. I also completed two little books on the topic of eternal life. They need tweaking, so I'll hold off sharing the covers for another month or so.
Right now I'm learning about the courts of Heaven, the joy of repentance and studying more in-depth about the Blood of Jesus. I am writing more songs, some with a Messianic flavor, others that are just sheer expressions of joy and gratitude. Stay tuned for audios and whatever else I come up with.
Last year I had to determine in my heart that I would give thanks and praise to my Lord at all times. I did not give thanks or praise Him for what I was experiencing, but because I knew He was and is the only One that can ever deliver me out of trouble. He is faithful to His Word. We are never alone. He never abandons those of us that belong to Him.
Remember "It is the LORD who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed." When the adversary wants you to believe that you are all by yourself, remember that He told Joshua, "No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you." (Deuteronomy 31:8; Joshua 1:5)
I spoke of dancing for joy a bit ago. Sometimes life cripples us emotionally or physically. We grow older or experience something that causes us to believe our dancing days are over or never to be. The joy is in the movement. It stirs up the atmosphere. Moving about keeps us from becoming stagnant.
Have you ever felt like you are standing for something, but God is sitting down? I love this clip where the bride dances with her dad. He's sitting down on the outside, but he's holding his precious baby girl on the inside.
On the inside of you, the Heavenly Father is standing up. Move your faith, stir up the stagnant atmosphere of unbelief and dance with Him. He'll lead you where you need to go. I really believe that.
There is one more dance that really touches my heart. It is when I dance in worship to my Savior. There is something special about a song that is directed to His beauty and majesty. The best part is when I begin to dance before Him, and then He joins me so that we dance together.
Have you ever danced with Jesus? You don't have to be talented or especially coordinated. Trust me, I know this. He leads, we follow. When we get our focus back on Messiah, something wonderful happens in our hearts and lives. Miraculous things. Even when I couldn't see very well, I still danced. No matter what you're going through, a dance and a song with Jesus will make a difference.
Paul Wilbur sings a beautiful song found on his concert DVD and audio CD, Night of Extravagant Worship. The song is called Dance With Me. I encourage you to take a step or two in His honor. The Lord will do the rest. If your mobility doesn't allow for moving your feet, dance with your arms. Dance with your hands or your fingers or just nod your head. When you make the effort to reach out to Him, you dance from your heart.
You are loved. You are not alone. Your greater days have begun. No matter what it looks like, or feels like; believe that the prayers that have been prayed on your behalf will come to pass. This is your time. You are God's beloved. Come on, let's dance with the Lover of our soul and be made whole.