About this time last year, 2017, while in Pensacola, Florida, I became extremely ill after eating dinner. My wife asked me if I wanted to go to the Emergency Room, knowing I would always say: “No way!” But to her surprise, I said, “Yes!” Not really knowing how sick I was, my family rushed me to the hospital.
Upon entering the E.R., while they started examining me, my blood pressure fell to 50/30. The pain was so great that I passed out. A lot of what went on after that I did not remember, but I did recall having an Ultra Sound and being put into the MRI tube for a scan. I was diagnosed with a condition called pancreatitis.
I was pretty well out of it for a couple of days and did not remember the family and friends who visited me, except my wife, Barbara. One afternoon, Rude’, a friend from many years before, who helped us get our ministry building into decent looking order, came into my room and said he was there to pray for me.
When you have been so sick for those couple of days before, I was ready for healing of my body. How God works for us is sometimes extraordinary. Rude’ is from Louisiana, and just happened to be in Pensacola visiting at the time.
“Now there was in Damascus a believer named Ananias. The Lord spoke to him in a vision … ‘Go over to Straight Street and find the house of a man … He is praying to me right now, for I have shown him a vision of a man named Ananias coming in and laying his hands on him so that he can see again!” So Ananias went over and found Paul and laid his hands on him and said, ‘Brother Paul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road, has sent me so that you may be filled with the Holy Spirit and get your sight back.’ Instantly (it was as though scales fell from his eyes) Paul could see, and was immediately baptized. Then he ate and was strengthened.” Acts 9: 10-12, 17-18 TLB
We know that the Lord sent Rude’ with the Anointing to pray for me that afternoon. I believe that prayer started me on the way to recovery. I was very thankful for the many prayers that had been sustaining me prior to his visit and the care I received at Sacred Heart Hospital. I know that Doctors promote healing, but it is God who is the Healer. His Excellent Grace is sufficient for us when we need it the most – of which I am very thankful!
— Tom Winslow