After my wife and I had spent 3 weeks in Holland visiting our families, I needed to return to New Jersey for business. For the next week or so I lived like a bachelor, working, eating and sleeping when I wanted without any regard to time of day.
One night I was standing at my bathroom counter reading my bible on my iPad. Since the counter is low, I was standing wide legged and without realizing it, must have been standing in that position for over an hour. When I noticed that it was past 2 AM, I decided I should go to bed.
I folded up my iPad and turned to the right to take a step when all of sudden I fell straight through my right leg and jammed the bottom half of my leg in between the open door on one side and the doorpost on the other. Not realizing that my leg had fallen asleep, with my full weight in free fall, the top of my foot smashed into the door post on the left and my knee against the open door on the right. The bottom half of my leg was completely caught and jammed into the open door frame and the top of my foot was further crushed by the force of my knee sliding down against the open door with my full weight on it. I landed so hard that I thought for sure I had broken my foot. Totally surprised and in a daze, I realized that my right leg had completely fallen asleep which caused my fall. It even put a nice dent in the corner of my iPad. I felt so foolish and just sat there against the door waiting for the blood to flow back into my leg.
I was not looking forward to this at all because I knew that it was going to hurt very bad. Sure enough, the pins and needles started and then the pain came through from my foot on upward. It was so painful that I didn’t know whether I had broken it or not.
When I tried to get up I realized it would not hold my weight. So I dragged myself to bed thinking somehow that maybe it would be better in the morning. I asked the Lord to put me to sleep which He did. I woke up in the middle of the night from the pain and again I asked the Lord to just put me to sleep again and He lovingly did.
I woke up in the morning from the pain. O no, I thought, it’s still there. And it hurt as bad as ever. So I got up and tried to stand on it but just couldn’t. So I hobbled to the bathroom dragging my crushed foot, did what I needed to do and then just stood there thinking about what to do about the pain. Then I literally woke up and exclaimed “Wait a minute, what am I doing? I have healing!”
So I started commanding my foot to be healed in the name of Jesus not sure if I should cast out a spirit of infirmity or just command healing. I knew for a fact that if I did nothing I would be limping around for weeks with this thing. The first time I smacked my foot commanding it to be healed, I suddenly remembered Curry Blake’s testimony of when he had broken his foot jumping off of a trampoline. Especially the part where he compared it to hitting a carnival game with a hammer and ringing the bell when it hit the top. Wahoo, did that ever hurt! But if I wanted to see healing, I knew I had to persist. And I thought “If Curry can heal his own foot by commanding it and hitting it, then so can I!”
So I persisted and after 5 minutes of non-stop commanding, which felt like an eternity, I started to hear the voices of unbelief ridiculing my efforts which I quickly dismissed and ignored recognizing that they could not possibly be from the Lord because He would not say anything like that, or from me because I was speaking the exact opposite. Instead, after another 10 minutes and what seemed like an endless monotony of continuous commanding, I started hearing another voice in the midst of my commanding which sounded more like a loud thought. The voice clearly told me to “Go through the pain.” “Well, that’s easier said than done!” I thought. So I proceeded to hit my foot even harder and would not let up commanding it to be healed and to work and to get in line with the word of God.
Then the voice told me to “Walk!” Wanting to obey, I started to walk very carefully avoiding to put weight on my hurting foot. “Walk like you normally do!” the voice then commanded louder. Not wanting to disobey, I started walking normally putting full weight on the painful foot. Boy, did that hurt! I took 3 steps in full pain when suddenly it broke free of all pain and was instantly and completely healed!
Hallelujah! Instead of pain, I now had a warm glow which settled on the top of my foot for the rest of the day. I was thrilled! I praised the Lord and thanked Him for healing me and encouraging and instructing me along the way.
I said to myself “I did exactly what Curry did!”, or so I thought. It wasn’t until several months later that I heard the rest of his story where he explained that his healing took several days and others laying on hands and praying for him before his foot was finally totally healed.
I was puzzled to say the least. More like flabbergasted! How could this be then that I was healed in just 15 minutes? The Lord then quickened it to me that according to my faith, so was it done unto me. And according to my faith, I believed that if Curry could do it, then I could do it, too. And at that time I did not know how long it had taken Curry and I had simply assumed that it was instant and that my 15 minutes was actually a long time.
My faith was in believing the word of God and what I believed that Curry had done and acted on what I believed to be true, however inaccurate or incomplete the information may have been.
And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour. Matthew 8:13
Then touched he their eyes, saying, According to your faith be it unto you. Matthew 9:29
And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace. Luke 8:48
Franciscus M. Dartee
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