Monday, February 28, 2011

A Testimony of God's Goodness

"So the LORD said to Moses, “I will also do this thing that you have spoken; for you have found grace in My sight, and I know you by name.”
18 And he said, “Please, show me Your glory.” Exodus 33:17-18

Well, this is a fun post to be posting on this fine Monday morning.  :)

I've shared a few times before how God has done quite a few different things for us, and for Andy as a result of his fingers being broken last fall.  It's been a long road, with different twists, turns, and different examples of God's love.

To begin with, Andy's fingers healed up more quickly than expected.  The doctors were amazed at how quickly those bones knit back together, and couldn't come up with any kind of explanation for it.  Of course, we know better, and know that God healed Andy's fingers quickly so that he could get back to a normal life.   During the healing process, God also did a work on them.  It turned out that Andy's fingers had not been perfectly straight in the first place, they were not totally normal.  Well, God straightened out his not-quite-straight fingers so much that when the bones healed, the result was fingers that were better than when he started.

And yet, after weeks of physical therapy and a lot of hard work on Andy's part, he still didn't have a fill range of motion back.  When his last evaluation came with the doctor, the doctor concluded that Andy had a 10% loss of motion as a result of the breakage, and thought that this would be a permanent disability for Andy.  Andy was unable to make a full solid fist.  Oh, he could do most things with his hands, but actually making a fist was impossible, and the loss of that muscle use bothered Andy a bit.

That 10% disability was reported to the insurance company, and as a result, we received a one-time payment from the insurance company.  This was a very unexpected blessing which helped us to pay bills that had fallen behind while Andy's been on winter lay-off, and it also enabled us to purchase a new mattress set.  That in itself was huge, as I've been having back problems, and most of the pain has vanished with the use of the new (incredibly comfy) mattress.   In addition, it makes us better able to be hospitable, as we love having company and inviting company and family from out of town to stay with us.  But our mattress was in a sorry state, and now we can proudly invite overnight guests and they will have an incredibly comfy night of sleep.

And then there was yesterday.  We've been having a wonderful weekend with our conference, just loving God and taking in all the wonderful words He had to give to us from some amazing young evangelists.  It was a very fun weekend, but last night, God decided to touch Andy's fingers just one more time.

Last night, during a moment of pure joy, as Andy and the entire media production team were caught up in waves of laughter and joy in the Lord, God sent fire into Andy's fingers, and he suddenly found that he could make a fist.  And not just a fist, a firm fist- he could make a fist and punch his hand into a cushion and there was no pain or discomfort.  It was as if he had never broken those fingers in the first place!   Andy got to experience a miracle in his body last night, and it's a moment that will probably live with him forever. He's learned so much through this experience with the broken fingers, but to experience an actual miracle- an actual touch of God's Goodness is overwhelming.

This is such a blessing to Andy, because while he never really said much about it, it really bothered him that his fingers were not totally normal.  Getting a good grip on something- especially while working was something he really had to concentrate on. 

God is just so good, and I'm so... blessed and grateful to Him for healing my husband's fingers.   And doing it in such a joyful way was really the icing on the cake.  He truly showed us His Glory this weekend, and we are even more in love with Him than before.

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