On a scale of one to ten, what is the level of your pain?
We’ve all seen the sign posted on the wall at our doctor’s office. The one with the smiley faces that quickly lose their smile. For Lori Cadwell, this past winter was a mix of the later half of the smiley scale. Some days her hip pain was just a five and she could get things done without too much thought. Other days she would visit nine-land and couldn’t even stand. “It would shoot pain up my back and down my leg. Some days limping didn’t even help.” She wasn’t really sure why her right hip was causing her so much trouble, but she was getting frustrated.
A mountain retreat turned into a place for miracles.
In April, Lori attended the Alpha course retreat weekend as a small group leader. The second night during worship, her hip was, once again, hitting the far end of the chart. “My hip was hurting so bad that I had started to cry. I couldn’t sit, I couldn’t stand. I was trying to worship, but it just hurt too much.” So, Lori went to the back of the room and tried to find a different place to sit that might bring some relief. Lori knew the Lord wanted her to get prayer for her hip, but she thought maybe no one would notice if she was in the back of the room. As is usually the case in these types of situations, she couldn’t hide.
One of the Alpha leaders felt the Lord ask him to pray for Lori’s hip. He did, and the pain moved from her hip down into her leg. So, he prayed again, and then again, and the pain kept moving lower and lower. Finally, the persistence paid off. “My hip got very warm, and then [the pain] was gone. Just gone.” The Lord healed Lori’s hip that evening, and the pain has been gone since. “I stood their and bawled. I mean, what else are you going to do?”
More trust, more freedom.
Experiencing a miracle that significantly changes your life situation impacts your faith. “I’ve been able to trust God more. It can be a little scary when you are raised with the idea that God is in a little box, and then you figure out that the box never existed. Both scary and liberating at the same time.” The healing of her hip has given Lori more confidence in praying for other people. “It’s very comforting to find out He doesn’t have any boundaries, which means neither do I.”