I had an unexpected interaction with a man named Oscar today. I met him a few years ago through a fabric store recommendation for a person who could help re-upholster some chairs and pillows. Since then, he’s re-upholstered a glider, four barstools (twice) and six pillows (twice). Most recently, he fixed Reagan’s fabric, fold up high chair. Her chunky little body busted the seams…and it wouldn’t be a big deal but this is the high chair we use when we go to the beach, to the hospital, on vacation…basically it comes with us for a lot of reasons and to a lot of places. Oscar finished the high chair last week and I finally had a chance to pick it up from his office today.
Oscar asked if I brought Reagan b/c he wanted to pray for her.
Oh. Wow. No, sorry Oscar, I don’t have Reagan with me. He told me he wanted to pray for her to be able to do normal things, like walking and running. He was so adamant that she would do these things and that God was going to heal her. We chatted for about 30 minutes and during that time, he said a lot of things that felt like a divine imparting of information.
Say your prayers and requests out loud, Anne-Marie. Some people are afraid to pray aloud b/c they don’t want the Devil to know what they’re thinking, but when you pray in Jesus’ name and you pray for healing upon your daughter, God’s army will help to carry out those orders. God has an army of angels who will surround you and your daughter, and they will carry out orders from The Lord. — I’ve never heard anyone say something like that. It was powerful to hear and to receive.
I am reminded of the story of Daniel and Michael the archangel. Daniel prayed for three weeks after receiving a vision that was very troubling to him. An angel was sent to to Daniel on the first day that he prayed, but that angel battled the prince of Persia and was detained, Michael the archangel had to come and help. Verses are below but this link is super helpful in understanding the scope of the story.
Daniel 10:12-14: “Don’t be afraid, Daniel,’ he told me, ‘because from the first day that you committed yourself to understand and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard. I’ve come in answer to your prayers. However, the prince of the kingdom of Persia opposed me for 21 days. Then all of a sudden, Michael, one of the chief angels, came to assist me! I had been detained there near the kings of Persia. Now I’ve come to help you understand what will happen to your people in the days to come, because the vision pertains to those days.”
Oscar went on to discuss the boy who had seizures from the Bible. Here are the verses.
Jesus heals an epileptic boy
14-16 When they returned to the crowds again a man came and knelt in front of Jesus. “Lord, do have pity on my son,” he said, “for he is a lunatic and is in a terrible state. He is always falling into the fire or into the water. I did bring him to your disciples but they couldn’t cure him.”
17 “You really are an unbelieving and difficult people,” Jesus returned. “How long must I be with you, and how long must I put up with you? Bring him here to me!”
18 Then Jesus reprimanded the evil spirit and it went out of the boy, who was cured from that moment.
19 Afterwards the disciples approached Jesus privately and asked, “Why weren’t we able to get rid of it?”
20-21 “Because you have so little faith,” replied Jesus. “I assure you that if you have as much faith as a grain of mustard-seed you can say to this hill, ‘Up you get and move over there!’ and it will move—you will find nothing is impossible.” “However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting”
Oscar said: People in the Bible had seizures Anne-Marie…those are not of God, they are from evil spirits. Maybe due to a generational curse, maybe sin in your life…
Or maybe, I interjected, maybe it’s neither of those things and brought up the man in the Bible who was healed of blindness. The Pharisees asked who sinned, the blind man or someone in his family, when it was neither, he was afflicted with blindness just for Jesus to walk up one day and heal him in front of everyone.
Yes Anne-Marie, Reagan could be like the man in the Bible who was blind, your daughter suffers for God to be glorified when she is healed. Healed fully and completely.
[Did I mention this guy is a sewer? A furniture re-upholsterer. I just came to pick up a high chair]
That was really difficult to hear. Did our sin invite this in or the sins of Reagan’s birth family? Or is it for reasons similar to the blind man in the Bible? Do I believe there’s an evil spirit inside of her like the boy in the Bible b/c she had seizures in the hospital? God I hope not. And, it’s an answer to prayer that she hasn’t had a seizure in over a year. There is certainly an affliction though. We all have afflictions, what happened to Reagan is more recognizable b/c it’s visible and it’s physical. In Heaven we are made whole, but we can be made whole here on Earth b/c we have access to Jesus’ healing power. There is a reason for what is happening to Reagan; God has a purpose for everything and doesn’t do anything in vain. I know God uses circumstances in our lives to change our hearts to be more fully devoted to him. He uses difficulty in our lives for his glory all the time, that’s pretty much the theme of the Bible.
I’m reading Max Lucado’s book called The Story. It’s the Bible told as one continuous story. I just finished reading about Moses leading the Israelites out of Egypt. There were big huge miracles, the Red Sea parting to name a memorable one. Oscar and I discussed this very story. And I told him even the Israelites complained when FOOD was falling from the sky. They didn’t like that kind of food, they wanted something else, they wanted the food they had in Egypt, wishing for their former lives as slaves! Oscar said, “Back then, they didn’t have the Holy Spirit, it only came when God came and revealed himself to them. Now, we have access to God’s spirit all the time. The power that God showed in parting the Red Sea and in performing miracles in the Old Testament, and in healing the blind man and countless others in the New Testament is available to you now. Keep praying, keep asking for more and stretch your prayers more.”
I showed Oscar a video of Reagan walking at UCF in her walker over the weekend b/c I said, “that’s a miracle right there! The amount of brain damage she has…the Dr.’s said she’d never…”
More prayer, Anne-Marie. Prayers for her running like a normal kid.
I’ve never met someone who spoke with such authority and conviction over the healing of Reagan. He told me Reagan would be unrecognizable when she is healed b/c she will be running and walking and people will be directed to the Lord b/c of her healing.
Sometimes I think God places people in your life to help intervene or to help you to keep pressing on. I pray Oscar will help guide us in praying the right words for Reagan, we are taking Reagan to him for prayer. I wish I could say that our doors have been knocked down from people within the church to pray for Reagan with such fervency, but Oscar is the only one. I told Rob that I’ve felt like we were kind of flying blind in asking God for these big huge miracles. But we are doing it and asking for it…however, our hearts and our spirit, felt a fading (at least for me) and I just began resolving myself to our reality (maybe she won’t be healed, we will have to wait for Heaven). But I have a renewed passion to pray for Reagan and to pray for her healing b/c God is not done with her. He’s not done with her story. More prayer…more prayer.
We can’t do this alone, we invite all of your prayers and we thank you for them.