Experiencing God’s healing and faithfulness

Posted on

15 Mar 2019

By

Pamela Goh

Mark 4: 37 But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water. (NLT)

Towards the end of 2018, I went through a series of health checks. One day in October, I received a call from Singapore General Hospital (SGH), to see a gynaecologist on 26 Oct.  Shortly after I hung up the phone, I received another call from SGH to see a breast surgeon on the same day.  It puzzled me a bit but I was too preoccupied with planning my home renovation to worry about it.

On 26 Oct 2018, I went for the appointments with my husband.  Both doctors informed me separately that there were cancer cells in my uterus and left breast. Since I was generally well, we found it unbelievable. We asked, “What stage and why two areas?” They said more investigations were needed to ascertain the stage but they were unable to explain why two areas.  When we came out of the consultation room, we read Psalm 91 together, declaring that God will surely rescue me and protect me.  Then we shared the news with our family, pastor and some church friends, asking them to pray for me.

In the following week, I underwent three types of scans and waited another week to see the doctors.  My faith was challenged intensely during this period, as anxiety and fear crept into me. A slight pain in my foot would make me wonder if the cancer had spread to my bones. Or a passing headache would lead me to imagine if there was a tumour in my brain.  The battle was in my mind and the enemy spared no effort in terrorizing me.  Thank God that whenever I turned to His Word, I overcame fear.

My family was very worried for me, especially my mother.  I told her that if it was God’s will for me to go home to the Lord, we would not be able to stop it and hence fear and anxiety was useless. Courage was the only option and we trusted God to turn everything out for good.

On 9 Nov 2018, we went to review the reports.  Praise God that there was no sign of spread beyond the two detected areas.  Doctors recommended removing the uterus and left breast as the most thorough treatment.  The surgeons coordinated to perform the surgery on 10 Dec 2018. They explained that post-surgery, they would analyze the cell type and spread and recommend whether further treatment such as radio- or chemotherapy would be required.

Leading up to the surgery, there were many struggles within me.  I was unsure if it was God’s will for me to undergo surgery or if I would receive supernatural healing. I was also concerned if my body could cope with the loss of the diseased parts. Many brothers and sisters, friends shared suggestions on alternative healing and health products, with great testimonies to support them.  I was very thankful but only got more confused about what to choose! Hence, I asked the Lord to lead me. I believe that God heals in many ways and we should not limit Him. I chose to trust Him with thanksgiving for whatever He would lead me to do.

Prior to the surgery, I needed to go to SGH for various processes.  Each time I would tell the Lord, “If you do not want me to undergo this surgery, please show me.” Everything proceeded smoothly and the final step was settling the estimated medical cost. A week before the surgery, the hospital informed me that I needed to pay about $20,000 upfront.  As I was quite sure my insurance coverage would cover almost all the expenses, I told them to confirm this again.  I told the Lord that I would not proceed if it would indeed cost so much. The next day, SGH called to confirm that my insurance and Medisave could cover the full cost. I took this as a further confirmation from the Lord to proceed with the surgery and had peace in my heart.

During this period, I also went for inner healing at Petra and found that there were still many bondages in my spiritual life even though I have been a Christian for many years.

On 10 Dec 2018, I underwent a 10-hour surgery.  Upon entering the operating theatre, the anaesthetist came to explain about general anaesthesia.  I asked her if I could stay awake and she clearly thought I was crazy.  Actually, my fear was that I would not wake up again.  When I looked at the team of surgeons and assistants waiting for me, I told the Lord (thinking back on Mark 4:38), “Lord, you were asleep in the boat but now it is my turn to sleep.  I commit this surgery to you.”

I woke up twelve hours later.  Praise God that the surgery was very successful and I recovered exceedingly well.  Doctors also confirmed that no further treatment was needed for me.

I am very thankful and would like to testify of God’s goodness and faithfulness through this experience in a few areas.

  • God’s preparation

While the storm came suddenly, I realized that God had prepared and equipped me for it through years of hearing sermons and reading the Bible. Throughout this encounter, there were many times when I was fearful and confused. I cried and complained and the enemy constantly attacked my thoughts with lies.  The Word of God brought truth and light in my darkest hours and I constantly recited these verses during that period:

Isaiah 41:10

Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,

Psalm 91:15-16
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honour him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

Psalm 103:1 – 5
Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
Isaiah 53:5
But He was wounded for our transgressions,
He was bruised for our iniquities;
The chastisement for our peace was upon Him,
And by His stripes we are healed.

  • God’s provision

If I were to use the example of a battle, God’s provision was exceedingly abundant for it. Firstly, it wasn’t a battle I fought alone and God provided many comrades.  My family, brothers and sisters in Christ, friends and colleagues were all supporting me with prayers and encouragement. The successful surgery and speedy recovery testify of God’s faithfulness in answering all the prayers. In addition, the good doctors and medical facilities were all well-provided by the Lord.

 

  • God’s restoration

Post-surgery, I was feeling quite weak and tired and could not lift up my left arm beyond 90 degrees. It was rather inconvenient to shower and wash my hair. My doctor told me it was normal and would take a few months to recover. I prayed for God’s power to restore me.  On 19 Jan 2019, during church service, I was enjoying the praise and worship so much with my eyes closed.  When I opened my eyes, I was shocked to see that both my arms were raised high without any pain! I could wave and worship God freely.  Praise the Lord.

 

  • God’s healing in different ways

Another episode took place on 8 Jan 2019.  At night, I experienced sudden excruciating on my lower right back, with fever and cold sweat. Having just been discharged from hospital, I was reluctant to go to the A&E but it persisted till the next morning. I was hospitalized and sent for an x-ray and scans. A doctor told me there were two stones (about 4mm each) found in my right kidney, causing inflammation and swelling in my kidney. When my fever finally subsided after five days, I asked to be discharged from the hospital.  The doctor told me to drink lots of water to flush out the stones or else surgery would be needed.  He further explained that there would be some pain when passing out the stones, and instructed me to take a photo when it should happen. I was to return for a review in two weeks.

I told the Lord that I really hoped to avoid another surgery within such a short period of time.  I was very obedient and drank lots of water every day. Each time I visited the toilet, I would command the stones to come out but they did not. Two weeks passed quickly and I felt quite nervous about the review since the stones had not been passed out.  I had to take another x-ray and scan before seeing the doctor.  She showed me the scans done on that day, alongside those done two weeks earlier, and pointed out that the stones were missing. She then asked me to show her the photo of the stones which were passed out but I told her I had not passed out any.  She further pointed to the kidney and said the swelling had subsided. I exclaimed, “thank God,” while she looked at me with disbelief.

I was so thankful that God removed the stones supernaturally and healed my kidney.  In a short span of time, I experienced two healing episodes from the Lord in very different ways and I am truly amazed.

Lastly, I am reminded that God said in Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Praise and glory to our Lord Jesus.

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