A Word from the Lord

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Amy had a rough night last night. She didn’t sleep well because of the pain resulting from her lipedema (lymph fluid backing up in her hips). This morning she went to lymph drainage massage at the hospital. A half hour after she got back home she received the following text from someone in our church:

“I was praying this morning and kept getting a picture of hands holding both sides of your hips. I continued to pray until there was a picture of oil poured out on your hips. I was prompted to share this with you and honestly tried to carry on without doing so because I’m still growing in this area and know it is never about me, but the message. But it just grew stronger so here I am. I think God wanted me to tell you this.”

This woman knows Amy has health issues, but did not know she ever had pain in her hips. So, it’s all probably a coincidence, right? She just happened to think about Amy’s hips while praying this morning–at the same moment Amy was suffering through therapy to relieve the pain in her hips.

The use of oil in Scripture can be a sign of healing, you know.

In Mark 6 the disciples anointed the sick with oil and healed them. And James wrote “Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.” (5:14)

We are prayerfully considering what God may be communicating to us this morning. Whatever the end result, we are thankful and encouraged that He clearly has not forgotten about Amy in her pain.

Is this a word from God that He wants to heal Amy? My logic reminds me not to get my hopes up. My pistueo reminds me that “this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.” (Romans 5:5, NLT).

Rick Mumford