On December 13, I injured my eye ball. I was working in the garden when a spindly plant pierced my eye directly into the corneal. It caused what the doctors called a Recurrent Corneal Erosion (RCE). In simple terms, the skin on my eyeball would dissolve in the middle of the night and I would wake up in terrible pain. This happened each night, often several times a night. While the eyeball heals quickly, many nights, it would not heal. The patient is left with an inability to tolerate light. Daytime became exceptionally painful.
There is no cure or remedy for RCE. Everyone who inherits or develops this condition learns to live with the pain. As debilitating as the condition is, I was preparing myself to live this way for the rest of my life.
I spent countless, sleeplesss nights in pain. I was under constant care of the doctor. In the end, I had two operations on my eye. The Special Gathering members who are developmentally disabled caught the need for the Lord to heal me. Chrissy especially realized that God is merciful and He would hear her prayer. To be honest, I was in too much pain to have much faith. But not Chrissy.
Every day, several times a day, Chrissy prayed for my eye. Chrissy has CP and she has been confined to a wheelchair all of her life. She does not talk but she can communicate and she can pray.
The last attack on my eye was at the end of September the next year. Four glorious years I’ve been without pain. But Chrissy has remained faithful to pray for me each day. Chrissy understands what James wrote that the effective, fervant prayer of a righteous woman does a lot of good.
Even though it’s been four years, the two years of piercing, reoccuring pain and trauma have not been forgotten. I am so grateful to the Lord for healing my eye; and I am so indebted to Chrissy who prayed for me when I was too weak in my faith to pray. The Special Gathering members often have no boundries in their ability to touch the heart of God because they understand Him. They, often, don’t understand unbelief.
Have you seen God use people in exceptional ways to answer prayer? What have you learned about faith from these prayer warriors?