I am inspired to share with you a testimony that surprised me once again and taught me a lesson as well.
In early July, I caught a really bad cold due to very hot weather and freezing air conditioner (bad combination!!!). Each time I took a breath I had pain in the trachea. Scary feeling. And, when I wanted to take a deeper breath – I had pain and began coughing. As soon as I started to speak – I had coughing fits. I could not say even one sentence without interruption of coughing!
Soon after, I was invited to participate in an online conference that was planned in a few weeks. Being sure that in a couple of weeks I would be well, I agreed to participate. My health got better over time, but I couldn’t speak still. I did not want to let the organizer down, so I did not cancel my participation and waited until the last moment hoping that my health would improve.
But when I got up on the morning of the day of the conference, I could hardly speak. And at midnight I had to speak for 30 minutes non-stop. How? God, how am I going to speak for half an hour, if I can’t say even a simple sentence without coughing fits?
“Maybe it’s better for me not to participate at all?” I thought. “What will it be like when the speaker can’t even say one thought without coughing?” I wrote to the organizer of the conference about my health. I did not cancel my participation and left it up to her to decide whether it’s better to cancel my participation or leave it as planned.
The organizer said that it was impossible to cancel my participation and I absolutely needed to be there. She said that she would pray with her church for my health. Then, at that moment, my friend Svetlana wrote to me asking about my health, and I asked her and the group to pray.
This was one of those times when there was no one to rely on other than supernatural help from the Lord. I said, “Lord, if you want me to participate, then You yourself make a miracle. Please remove the cough so that I can speak and convey the message that You inspired me to share.”
The conference time came, I was introduced and I began to speak. And, the miracle was happening right as I was speaking. While I was sharing my message, I realized that there were no coughing fits! I was able to speak without coughing! Furthermore, I even spoke in a full voice as much as I could! That is incredible because, for almost a month, I had such coughing fits that it was even hard to stop them when I took a deeper breath or tried to speak in a full voice. AMAZING!
Lessons I’ve learned:
~ If something bad is going on in your life for some time – do not take it as a
norm; do not agree with it and don’t accept it, but instead call out to God no matter how big the problem is or how likely it is that you will get an answer. Ask others to pray for you. God can do a miracle even at the last moment.
~ If you don’t feel well or something prevents you from doing something, do not break your decision saying that some obstacles prevent you from following through your commitment. Call out to God. The Lord has the power to bless you under any circumstance. What is required from us is obedience to the Lord and faithfulness.
Praise be to God, I am well, no more coughing fits.:-)
Be well and blessed. ~Inga
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