Shalom dear friends,
It has been 18 days since Passover. Eighteen is the Hebrew number of LIFE! I was given a miracle of new life in my body in the midst of the Passover, and have been struggling for these 18 days to find words to share it - but every testimony of God's marvelous works MUST be shared, so I will endeavor to describe it to you.
We did not have a traditional Seder. Haven't done that for about five years now. We did sing and dance to songs rejoicing over the deliverance of Israel from their bondage. And we did pass through a doorframe and put "blood" (red paint) on it, proclaiming the wondrous covering of Messiah's blood over our lives, so that death will pass over us. But then, after the Passover dinner, we proceeded to read together the Scriptures of Yeshua's last seven days on this earth, through His death on the cross and up to His glorious resurrection. When we got to the Scriptures about His washing of the disciples' feet, we let everyone present know that the LORD had told us (my husband and myself) to wash the feet of all those present at the table with us, blessing and serving them, and sending them forth into their new callings in Him.
Together he and I went to the front of the room, our backs to the people, facing two chairs, two tubs of warm water, and two towels. We invited the people to come - and we waited. In the few moments of waiting, I felt something I've never experienced before and don't know how to describe. It was something like the gentle pressure of a hand on my shoulder - then followed by a "gush" of warmth throughout my body. I knew the Lord Yeshua (Jesus) Himself had touched me, and my impression was that He was letting me know He was right there, present with us, in the Passover.
Later in the evening I began to feel that there was more to this touch than I yet understood. Despite eight months of suffering from intestinal illness, I had eaten all the delightful foods of the Passover meal and there were no adverse reactions or symptoms! I woke up in the morning with my stomach feeling calm and normal, and then experienced the first normal workings of the bowel I have had since late last summer! I had scheduled a colonoscopy and biopsy for April 27th, as my doctor was suspecting microscopic colitis; but in my spirit I already knew I was going to be able to cancel that procedure! I allowed seven days to go by, carefully adding "trigger" foods back into my diet, still with NO adverse reactions. Pain and discomfort were gone - the colonoscopy was cancelled. I have my "life back" and John and I were even able to go out for dinner together without my fearing what might happen! My joy has been overflowing at this great, instantaneous healing miracle the Lord God gave me, while I was on my knees, ready to wash the people's feet! It is really too awesome to explain!
This morning in my prayer time I was deeply seeking Him for the "next thing" He has planned for us and He met me in my little prayer corner and answered me. I believe the answer is for all of us who are seeking Him, especially in these fifty days of counting the Omer; these fifty days of moving from Passover to Pentecost, the time of our purification, in anticipation of the outpouring of His Spirit. He gave me Lamentations 3:25-26: The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD."
His message remains constant. All striving must cease. There will be enough striving in the days ahead. He said to me, "Enjoy these simple, gentle days right now. Plant seeds and watch the marvel of their sprouting and growth. Don't rush the "next." The "next" will be hard, requiring strength and endurance. This is the time for building up "muscle" in the study of My Word, building up faith in the deep chambers of your heart, in the furthest recesses of your mind. Hide it! Hide My Word like a squirrel hides the acorn - buried away until the winter comes and he can retrieve it for food, for strength."
Oswald Chambers' meditation for April 28th says "If you are not abandoned to God, it is either because you are disobedient or a refusal to be simple enough."
SIMPLE ENOUGH! It recalled for me an old hymn: "Tis a Gift to Be Simple"!
Chambers also wrote, "Abandonment to God means to refuse yourself the luxury of asking any questions."
"No questions, God?" I asked incredulously. "How can I go through a day without asking you a hundred questions?"
He replied, "How can you ask a hundred questions if you really trust Me?"
It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. (Lamentations 3:26)
Kelly Ferrari Mills