Last week, I posted an article to this blog that shared the story of the greatest miracle I have witnessed to date. If you have not yet read that article, please read that article by clicking HERE before you continue with today’s article.
In today’s article, I’d like to share the story of three smaller physical ‘signs’ (miracles) that occurred to me during my time in Europe. In John’s gospel, he calls the miracles ‘signs’ because they operate as a ‘sign’ which points to something greater.
That ‘greater’ something is the love (Christ’s life) that I talked about in my last article. This love was so profound, strong, and new for me, that I believe the Lord knew I would need supernatural ‘signs’ to show me that I was indeed touching a greater reality of Christ’s life than I have yet experienced. I needed to know that I had not ‘lost my mind’, so to speak. So without further ado, I’d like to share the three ‘signs’ that I experienced during my trip to Europe.
Sign #1- Peanuts
For my entire life, I have never been able to eat peanuts. If I did, my nasal and throat passages would swell shut. At times, the glands in my throat would swell so severely that I would not be able to breathe. It was no small matter. In addition to that, I never liked the taste of peanuts as well. On one particular night during my trip, I was spending the evening at the home of a brother and sister in the church body that was hosting me. They served peanuts as an appetizer. For the first time in over thirty years, I sensed the freedom to eat them. The freedom I was sensing was unexplainable. It was nothing I was trying to do, rather, it was naturally coming from my inner being.
As a result, I decided to naturally follow this new area of freedom and eat the peanuts. Astoundingly, everything was fine. I experienced no problems. I have been eating them since that time with absolutely no issues. Interesting.
Sign # 2- Motion Sickness
I get car sick. Real bad. Especially in the back seat. It’s been this way as long as I can remember. After being in Europe for several weeks, I found myself in the back seat of a fast moving car on a tremendously curvy road. It was then that I noticed something incredible. I was not projectile vomiting as I normally would be. Not only was I not vomiting, I actually felt great. No motion sickness at all for the first time in my life. This ‘sign’ (miracle) continued for the rest of my trip. Who knew His life could be good medicine for motion sickness? Amazing.
Sign # 3- An Abscessed Tooth
After being in Europe for a few weeks, I developed an abscessed tooth. The pain was becoming severe. To make matters worse, I could tell that the infection was beginning to spread through my body and was making me sick. I obtained an over-the-counter pain medication, but that quickly became ineffective as the pain and infection increased. I started to get worried because I simply didn’t have the resources available to go to a dentist there. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do.
Early one morning, the pain became so severe that it woke me up at five in the morning. It was then that I decided to fully express my concern to the Lord about this situation. I asked Him to show me if there was something He was trying to call my attention to. After that, I went back to sleep for a few more hours. When I woke again later that morning, I had this thought in the forefront of my mind:
“Go to YouTube and look for videos about possible natural remedies for an abscessed tooth.”
This is where things get interesting. When I went to YouTube, the first video that popped up BEFORE I could type anything in the search box was a video entitled: “How to cure a *TOOTHACHE* fast”. Can you believe that? What are the odds that this would be the first video that pops up on YouTube’s feed that morning?
As you might be able to imagine, this video got my attention. As I watched the video, it became clear to me that the Lord wanted me to consider something quite profound. The woman in the video described a natural remedy that she discovered which helped her with her toothache. That was not what impacted me, however. I did not utilize her natural remedy. It was actually what she shared after she talked about her natural remedy that greatly impacted me. In the video, this woman shared that she thinks she discovered the root of her toothache. I was quite curious to hear what she had to say.
This woman discovered that the root of her tooth problem was a lack of trust. Sounds crazy doesn’t it? This woman went on to share that her toothache continued to return until her ‘trust’ issue was dealt with. When she finally recognized the problem and experienced some relief in the area of trust, her toothache went away permanently! Take a few minutes to watch this video. After you watch this video, I’ll conclude by sharing my miracle with you:
As soon as I watched this video, I sensed the Father communicating with me. Here is what I heard:
“You know, this is the root of your toothache as well. You don’t trust me with these many situations that you fear. You can trust me. I really am good.”
It was then that my toothache and infection went away. It has never returned. Amazing, isn’t it? I realized that a lack of ‘trust’ is really fear. As the scriptures say, there is no fear in love (Christ). His perfect love casts out all fear. The Lord was / is revealing a greater measure of His love in me. This love was uprooting that fear. The healing of my toothache and infection was a tangible ‘sign’ of this love. Love (Christ) truly is the best medicine. All the ‘signs‘ seem to point to this.