The tumor was consuming, birthed in her pelvis; it had slowly wrapped itself around her side and clung to the spine. The dusty dirt floors and humid Honduran air seemed to emphasize the urgency of her condition as she lay there on a thin mattress, trapped under the weight of this unwanted nightmare. It had been three long months since she was able to navigate her way to the family outhouse, a mere 30 steps from her bed. Her weathered hands cradled the tumor roughly the size of a small child as our interpreter echoed her desperation and fear.
Maybe if it had been a headache, a sore neck or, even a deaf ear, I would have easily believed for her to be healed. As my eyes and my hand rested upon her, my brain argued that this was bigger than what I could believe for. Then I shook my focus from the problem and redirected it towards the solution, Jesus and our victory in Him. Our team of 10 will never forget what happened over the next hour as we witnessed the tumor disappear. The presence of God overwhelmed us and the sickness in her body. With renewed strength, she gathered the stretched out fabric from the waist of her dress that once accommodated a tumor. Her small, 70-year-old frame rose from the bed, walked across the room while holding my hand, and then back again without any assistance. The next morning she woke up her family with the smell and crackle of the fire that she was preparing breakfast over and quietly hummed hymns through her well-worn smile.
To bear witness to the miraculous, to be present while God is erasing death, transforms us. It reshapes our perceived reality, our expectations and points us to the truth of the Gospel. Yet so many of us who believe never experience healing, deliverance, and the operation of the Holy Spirit. Isn’t this, though, what we are told to walk in? Why do we expect so little when God’s promises are so big? We reach first for the aspirin or the phone when pain and sickness find their way onto our and others’ lives. Maybe it is time to transform our minds to Heavenly truths rather than earthly experience and embrace the fullness of this life that Jesus has won for us. Imagine a body of people who took the Word and promises of the Father as normal and expected to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit. Are you hungry to experience more of God? We need to cry out for more from the secret place of prayer and practice hearing and obeying God in the public places.
Prayer: Father, as I read your Word, I see the miraculous; I see a hunger and discipline that I long to see in my own life. How I long to walk in the love that transforms people’s lives. Oh, that I would be useful in the victory over sickness and death, over the evil one and his schemes. Transform my thinking to line up with Your promises. Make Heavenly realities a normal expectation in my life. Stir within me a new passion for seeing Heaven come to earth. Holy Spirit, I ask You for more. In Jesus’ name, Amen.