God Uses Paralysis

It was one year ago that a young man whom I’ve known since his childhood was diagnosed with a debilitating disease, causing full-body paralysis.  One day he had trouble walking. The next day he could not move his legs at all!  Next there was paralysis in his arms. His speech and breathing were affected.

He still has a tracheotomy and a ventilator to assist his breathing, also a feeding tube. He’s hospitalized in another city, but yesterday I drove the distance to visit him. Despite the ventilator and the trach, he is now beginning to talk and the paralysis in his extremities is lessening! He is markedly improved!

He was happy to see me.  I remember the talks we had about the Lord when he was a teenager. He was open then, but not enough to make a commitment. Yesterday was different. He had questions and wanted prayer. I told him that a crisis does not leave us where it finds us.  Some people may distance themselves from God and become bitter and full of self-pity. Others choose to draw closer to God and gain strength and peace. Charles was choosing the latter.

He asked me how best to handle his fear and anxiety. I read to him from Philippians 4 and explained the importance of giving thanks even in our difficulties. This shows God that we trust Him. Trusting God is what the Christian life is all about. When we pray with thanksgiving, then God provides us with a supernatural kind of peace that protects our minds and our hearts. It’s important to protect our minds so we don’t become fearful, fretful, nervous and have sleepless nights.  Likewise, God’s special peace also protects our hearts so we don’t begin to love that which is not good for us.

Charles hung on every word. He wanted to have the assurance of salvation and I helped him pray. He said he’s had no local visitors and no clergy has ever visited him. Before I left, I called a friend who lives in the same city.  He offered to visit him and would also arrange with his church to have their visitation pastor see Charles regularly.

One of the last things Charles asked of me before I left, “Kathleen, when I return home may I come to your Bible study?”

  •  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.     Philippians 4:6-7
  •  In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.     Luke 15:10
  • [Have you had the privilege of sharing Christ with one so needy? So receptive? I came away with great joy. Did you?  To reply, click on the TITLE of this story, scroll to bottom of page to “Leave a Reply.”]
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About Kathleen

God delights in working through His people as they submit to Him. Jesus said to go into all the world and preach the good news to everyone (Mark 16:15). No matter where we live on this planet, people are separated from God because of sin. We ALL need a Savior, and there’s only ONE. It brings me great joy to share Christ with the lost and lonely. Over the years I’ve learned a great deal while facilitating Bible studies. I’ve found myself on college and university campuses, the beach, the streets, the hospital, the jail and the juvenile facility for incarcerated teens sharing God’s message of love. I also serve as an online missionary with Global Media Outreach. I’ve seen countless lives transformed when people turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. The changes God makes are real and lasting. These are some of my experiences. NOTE: My stories have been altered, removing any and all identifying factors. This includes names and other particulars in order to protect confidentiality and anonymity.
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10 Responses to God Uses Paralysis

  1. Liana says:

    How very precious Kathleen … and praise God that he is trusting that he is going to get better. Oh! Lord pour Your healing virtue in and through this young man. I pray for a miracle in the mighty Name of Jesus Amen.

  2. Susan says:

    Reading this story brought back many memories. When my daughter, Jennifer, was 2 she contracted a rare illness. We were traveling from Ventura to San Diego and were passing through L.A. Over 90% of children who have Epiglotitis die from it. As I called my father that we weren’t going to make to San Diego, very distressed, I felt an arm on my shoulder and a surreal sense of peace flooded me. I heard a voice telling me she was going to live. I even turned around to see who it was and there was no one there. I knew I had been touched by Jesus. My fears evaporated. Even when the doctors told me that the medicine that would save her could attack her bone marrow and kill her, I knew she was going to live. But I still had to deal with the concept that I almost lost my daughter. That took awhile. God gave me the life verse of Phil 4:6-7 that you quoted. I have lived with that verse in my heart ever since. God is so good and He is always faithful. We can always depend on God.

  3. Michelle says:

    Beautiful! Praise God! Just encouraging to be reminded of the awesome power of God when we are obedient to Him. It touches my heart.

  4. Dorothy T. says:

    What kind of disease did he have? Just curious.

  5. Linda says:

    Yes. Many years ago I ministered to a woman whom I initially met at our daughter’s elementary school. When our kids went on the MIddle school we lost touch, because our daughters went to different schools, but when enrolling my youngest for High School I happened to be in line with her and her daughter, so we reconnected. I discovered she had become mentally ill and suicidal. During the course of our daughters high school years it was my honor to lead her to Christ, and see her delivered from mental illness (schizophrenia; hearing voices that told her to kill herself). She has become one of my very dearest friends, and even though she moved out of the area, seven hours away, we still keep in touch and visit one another. She is growing in Christ, attending Bible Study, and manages to keep her outlook positive and upbeat, dispite many serious physical ailments and conditions. God is Good!

    • Kathleen says:

      Dear Linda, Thank you for sharing a beautiful story! People need hope. There is no mental illness that God cannot heal. I’m glad you were obedient to the Holy Spirit and led her to Jesus Christ. I’m sure she is, too!

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