From around Friday, I woke up to a horrible back pain that wouldn’t go away and it was very upsetting because I had immense difficulty turning in bed, doing housework, tending to the kids. I felt very affected by someone who posted on my Facebook that it would only get worse. I rejected it in Christ but it did upset me.
I started getting very down because I felt so helpless and it did not help that my hubby was busy too.
On Sunday, when the pain was still excruciating, my husband suggested I go to the prayer and healing room after service. I agreed with his suggestion. During praise and worship, I could not help but start crying coz I really hate being unwell like this and the stabbing pain was awful.
Then Rev Col Stringer came on stage as a guest preacher and preached. He reminded us not to let the devil rob us of our joy as it is our strength. He spoke about how joy is deep seated and we cannot help but have joy when we have grace. Then he spoke about laughter and how laughter and jogging can produce Endorphins, but he would rather laugh than jog. The whole sermon was full of joy and made every laugh and praise the LORD. I forgot about the pain, the frustration of dealing with it… I just kept laughing and praising. The LORD knew what I needed to hear & gave it to me at the right place and the right time. =)
After Rev Col was done preaching, Pastor Lian got us to stand up to praise and worship & I realise right there and then that the pain had gone! I did not have to see a chiro, take painkillers (which I cannot because I am pregnant) or even to go to the prayer and healing room.
Just hearing the joy of the LORD being preached from the pulpit and filling me, chasing away my sorrows and sighing, took me from pain to praise!
I wrote to Rev Col after the service and told him my testimony, he reminded me not to lose that joy. =) It is so easy to know what the Word is but to grasp it and not let it go, to not let yourself get too familiar with it that you forget the power of the Good news… that is so important. The world is full of discouragement but we can find our encouragement and the answer to our every need in the Word of the LORD.