DAY 9: Eyes of Faith

Darcy asked me to write a post for the 21 Days of Prayer, to share “my story”. I immediately said YES! Then, I kind of freaked out. What was “my story”? I thought long and hard about which of my life stories would be the best to share. As I got quiet, I immediately knew the answer. So, here it is.

Some people say that I am sick. I am not one of those people. I do have “medical” issues. I have always thought of this illness as a job. I was “transferred” to this job in 2000. I had been practicing law. I was living my dream when the transfer notice came (i.e. taken from my office to the emergency room). Then, the dream was gone. I was never able to return to the practice of law. In fact, my medical “job” was the only one I could manage until Legal Shield came into my life. We all have jobs of one sort or another. We all have meetings we would rather skip. My “meetings” happen to be at a doctor’s office or going for chemotherapy. Those same people who say I am sick also say I have rose-colored glasses that hide reality. I have been told this my whole life. I have finally learned what those glasses actually are – they are my eyes of faith. This is where my story really begins.

It is because of those spectacular spectacles that I was able to receive the miracle of baptism by the Holy Spirit. I have believed in God all my life. However, I did not live with God IN my life until October 2010. My husband and I were on a once in a lifetime trip to Europe. Even being able to go on the trip was a miracle. You see, in the natural, I was very sick. I couldn’t breathe on my own. I couldn’t walk up or down a flight of stairs on my own. I had to take more medical equipment than regular luggage. And, my husband had to do everything for me. I had been receiving chemotherapy every 4 weeks for 10 years. The treatments and the medication had caused me to blow up like a balloon! I could go on with the challenges this trip presented but I think you get the picture.

As we were taking off from the airport, I let go – of everything! I just heard myself saying, “This is the only
chance I have to see Europe. I WILL NOT be limited by rules of doctors, of dieticians, physical therapists – ENOUGH!” I determined to follow my “instincts”. The trip turned out to be miraculous from that moment onward. Our first stop was Amsterdam. As we walked out of the hotel and into the city, I started to put my breathing tubes in my nostrils. Something stopped my hands and told me to breathe, to really breathe. And breathe I did! I have not needed canned oxygen from that day on.

The miracles I experienced on this trip were so many that I can’t begin to share them all. I will share the most important one. We were in Paris. It was 2:00 in the morning after a long day of sight-seeing. My husband had been asleep for over an hour, maybe two. I was finally ready to get into bed. As I sat on the side of the bed, God spoke to me. I heard the words, “Take a bath”. I sat there in disbelief, you see, because I wasn’t physically capable of even getting into a bathtub without help. Not to mention that it was 2:00 in the morning! I heard those words several times before I acquiesced. I suddenly found myself in the bathtub, running the water.

What I experienced that night was a visit from the Holy Spirit and love of God directly. I was healed. Period. I spent the next 6 hours in the presence of God. I was baptized and cleansed by the water in every cell of my body. I could feel them becoming new cells. In the morning, my awareness returned to the bathtub, in the natural again. The water was still comfortably warm. My fingers weren’t all pruned up. I looked the same as I did when I had gotten into that bathtub 6 hours earlier. However, I was not the same. I got out of the tub on my own for the first time in over 10 years! I knew my body was changed.

From that day on, I was able to bound up and down stairs. I could help my husband carry things. By the time we returned home, I had lost over 30 pounds! My blood-work was even changed! I was no longer anemic after being anemic from the treatments for over 10 years!

Fast forward to present day – some people still say I am sick. Now, I KNOW I am no longer sick. Yes, I still have to go some “meetings”. In the natural, I may still look sick to you. However, I am not this body. I am a child of the most high God – and, so are you! No matter what you are facing in the natural, it is not real. It is not you.

ACTION STEP: I urge you to try on a pair of those rose-colored glasses. You might just find that they fit perfectly.

Thank the Lord for my eyes of faith and all of His mercy and grace and perfect love,
Laura Barker


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