As I sat studying the list the Lord had just given me, I was certain that much of what I heard was simply made up. Right? It had to be. I had written down things that seemed completely ridiculous–comical even. I was sure that they didn’t even exist.
One such item I heard was “artichoke.” Yes, artichoke, as in the spiny delicious vegetables I like to drown in butter. And you know when you hear something from the Lord and He leaves you with an impression or a feeling? Where nothing was explicitly stated, but in general, you have a sense about something?
Well, this is often how I “hear” the Lord, although it is more like “feeling” the Lord. All that to say, I somehow knew that the word “artichoke” didn’t mean I supposed to just eat a bunch of them. I was supposed to take artichoke as a supplement.
I also knew this was the case because many of the other items on my God-given grocery list were vitamins or nutritional supplements of some kind.
It was still early in the morning as I read over the list. As soon as Jonathan was awake, I explained to him all that happened and how I now needed to head to the grocery store to buy the items.
Once at the store, I became a little nervous feeling certain once again that these grocery items didn’t actually exist. I mean, I knew calcium did, for instance, but others not so much. As I made my way through the health food store, I found myself in one particular section of vitamins.
Two of the supplements the Lord had spoken were in the section for liver health. I suddenly remembered the night before and how people had felt compelled to pray for my blood, not knowing why. I grabbed two bottles and continued searching for the remaining pills.
I found calcium quickly but could not find anything labeled “phosphorus.” I finally asked a store clerk for help. He walked me over to the calcium and said “Calcium and phosphorus are taken together. They need each other” Huh?
I stood there a little dumbfounded. I didn’t know that. I wouldn’t have known that…but God did.
After a few more minutes of looking for the last items, I became a little embarrassed that I had heard “artichoke.” I must have heard wrong. I made that up. Doesn’t exist, I’m sure.
Without realizing however, I found my way back to the liver section. I glanced down and there in front of me, was a bottle labeled “Artichoke” and is said to “stimulate the flow of bile from the liver.” Gross? Yes. Completely awesome? Absolutely.
I almost cried standing there looking at that white plastic bottle of pills. God, You are Amazing! Really? You orchestrated an entire shopping trip, each item carefully chosen to aid and heal my body. No accidents, nothing out of place.
I couldn’t wait to get home and tell Jonathan the rest of the story, but that wasn’t the rest.
I decided to continue praying through each and every health decision. I asked the Lord when I should take the pills, how much I should take, and for how long.
He answered quickly and so I took my first doses that day. The total ended up being about 20 pills a day.
After one day of taking these supplements, I woke up the very next morning feeling completely different.
The pain that had been wracking my body, wearing on me, causing me to have more bad days than good, was about 60% reduced.
…60% after one day of taking these pills.
It was so noticeable, so freakishly different, that it can only be described as supernatural. And that is exactly what it was, nothing short of a miracle.
When I told my friend Carrington what had happened, the friend whose word for me had helped lead me to pray the prayer I long needed to pray–she responded by saying how awesome it was that the Lord didn’t simply give me a diagnosis, but rather He gave me a treatment.
God went straight to the heart–or the liver–of the matter. He didn’t start where we commonly think to start, at step 1. He started at step 2 because He’s God and He does stuff like that.
He has since revealed more to me about my health and led me to even further hope and healing. It has not been easy. The changes I have been required to make in my daily life feel like huge sacrifices. I’m a big baby about changing my diet and taking care of myself, for instance. I don’t like to do it…
But, God has led the way. He opened my spiritual eyes to see my own physical needs and in doing, brought Himself glory. At least that is my prayer, that as I walk through the physical healing He has for me, Christ is glorified…
And that you too, will be encouraged. That whatever is broken in you, hurting, stalled, stuck, painful, dying, or decaying would be resurrected by the One True and Living God…even if it is in the form of something as unexpected as a grocery list.
What do you need to ask God to heal TODAY? Ask Him, now. And ask that He would lead you to step 2, where life and freedom reside.
Thank you to each of you who has prayed for me, written me, and encouraged me in the last few months. Physical pain is so isolating so please know how much I covet your prayers and words of life. You bless me and I am thankful for this community and each and every one of you.