This week we welcome back Katie from our Marketing Team. Katie shares with us a personal testimony of God’s goodness and faithfulness. We thank Katie for boldly sharing her story and walking out her faith no matter what circumstance she is presented.
Several weeks ago I had a conversation with a friend about how challenging 2017 had been so far. I have a sticker on my desk that says “I’ve already decided 2017 is going to be ridiculously amazing.” We both laughed as we agreed that we were both waiting for those words to come true. As I prayed and asked God to show me what to write this week, to fill me with inspiration, I was confident He would give me the words to share. God, being God, did just that and showed me just how amazing 2017 was going to be.
In January, I went to the doctor for what I thought was just a routine checkup, but it ended up being much greater. Over the next several months, I had multiple tests, waited for multiple doctor’s calls with results, and was told the same thing each time: I could be facing some serious medical complications.
This earth-shattering news broke me. I cried out to God for answers and felt no immediate response. In this time of waiting, the Lord was shaping me. He brought me to my knees and filled my heart with hope and a peace unlike anything I had experienced. About a month ago, when I received the worst news yet, God strategically placed me among two friends who lovingly lifted me up and reminded me of the Lord’s purpose.
Friends, I encourage you to rest in the Lord. He will never leave you, and He will always give you what you need, right when you need it. As I began to really let God take over and trust in His purpose, the storm settled. The news had not changed, my health had not improved, but my heart was healthier, calmer, than ever before.
As I went in for one more test for the doctors to fully define what I was up against, I knew I had an army of prayer warriors lifting me up, and I was certain that even if this test revealed further complications, I was going to be okay. I sit here writing this with goosebumps: my doctor called me with the results of my tests, and friends, the words she said to me, the words that are still ringing in my ears were this, “Everything showed up negative. Nothing is there.” Let that sink in.
Test after test showed the same thing, and then just like that, I was healed. As the doctor was speaking to me, she seemed confused, but I wasn’t. This was God. All God. I believed for a miracle, and the Lord responded. Friends, how often do we believe things for other people, but when it comes to ourselves, we doubt?
I share this with you as encouragement. Encouragement that even in the hard times, even when everything seems to be collapsing, God is moving. Even when my future was uncertain, I planted firmly in what I knew: If God is for me, who can stand against me? (Romans 8:31) Nothing. No condition. No circumstance. Nothing. God asks us to believe His promises, and when we do, when we hand our fears to Him, He not only takes them, He also molds us and grows us in ways we cannot imagine.
I’ve learned that being rooted in the Lord, in His truth, means that my life is going to be far more abundant than if my roots were planted in the world. Although things will not always be perfect, I know that ultimately my identity is found in the Lord and I’m no longer a slave to the fear the enemy tries to cast over me (Galatians 4:7). God performed a miracle in my life, but I knew that no matter what the results were, He would walk by my side no matter what.
My encouragement to you is that you’ll take this story of healing and be reminded of God’s goodness and His glory. God is a good God, and when we fully accept and surrender to that, our lives become that much richer. Believe that God can, and He will. Maybe not in the way you think, but as He walks through the process with you, He will show you just how much greater His plans are for you.