Wednesday, September 23, 2015: Mitchell is Stephen, my youngest son’s, best friend. Because Mitchell and Stephen spend so much time together, we have gotten to know Mitchell quite well. We love him greatly and treat him as one of our own. A few weeks back, Mitchell, a swimmer, was having breathing problems after swimming laps. Initially thought of as possibly asthma related, they later found an irregular heartbeat and found a deformation in his sternum. They stated that his sternum was growing inward pressing against his organs, and that he required immediate major surgery in order to fix this. Surgery was extremely invasive and required the implant of a metal rod that would push his sternum outward along with inward metal bracing wrapping his rib cage for support. The implant would remain until early adulthood or when the bones stopped growing, and then he would require another surgery in order to remove it. He did not know this, but physical therapy was deemed very painful as the bones grew against the metal, and he was told to stop all sports activity immediately. Two doctors ran tests and received the same results….irregular heartbeat, sternum, etc. Needless to say, this was a great burden on all who knew Mitchell.
With Mitchell’s situation at hand, in my heart I believed that only a miracle could fix this, and this was not anything that a shot or pills could fix. 1 Corinthians 12 was the scripture that came to mind….
4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; 5 and there are varieties of service, but the same Lord; 6 and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who empowers them all in everyone. 7 To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good. 8 For to one is given through the Spirit the utterance of wisdom, and to another the utterance of knowledge according to the same Spirit, 9 to another faith by the same Spirit, to another gifts of healing by the one Spirit, 10 to another the working of miracles, to another prophecy, to another the ability to distinguish between spirits, to another various kinds of tongues, to another the interpretation of tongues. 11 All these are empowered by one and the same Spirit, who apportions to each one individually as he wills.
I asked Mitchell’s mother if they would consider bringing Mitchell to our prayer meeting on Wednesday evenings, and they came. Our church, the River Outreach Center, is a praying church. On Wednesday evenings, we have a usual gathering of 40-50 members who attend this meeting, and we are blessed to have believers in Christ who love our Lord. The church prayed for Mitchell last Wednesday, and the Holy Spirit touched this young man. He later told my wife that he experienced a weird feeling in his sternum and chest area while prayers were being made. His mother later stated that Lord told her that he would be healed. Mitchell was miraculously healed!!!! Yesterday, Mitchell went to a follow up visit with a third specialist. After running tests, the doctor stated that he had an unbelievably healthy heart and that there is no indication whatsoever of any irregularities. He stated that Mitchell’s sternum is not considered severe or detrimental, and that he should get back into sports immediately. He stated that there was nothing wrong with Mitchell. Praise the Lord!!!