Psalm 119:130 – The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.
Have you every intently searched for something that you just couldn’t seem to find? Perhaps you spent a long time, perhaps eve years, and then, suddenly, one day, you found it. Did it seem as though someone had suddenly turned a light on in the darkness, and something you could not see at all suddenly became visible? Some people call it an epiphany, or an “aha” moment. That is what I saw in the face of two young girls in Colgate, Jamaica in the early 80’s.
I was there speaking in a packed church (about 400 people) one evening. Outside it was so dark, you could barely see you had before your face. The trees created such a thick canopy overhead that you could not see the moon or s single star. Inside the church, the only light was two incandescent bulbs hanging from the church rafters; one about 20 feet from the rear of the church, and the other hanging just over the pulpit by which the minister could read his Bible. Yet the people sat, listening intently to every word I spoke. Surprisingly, I was speaking on the abundance of God’s supply.
After speaking, I invited the lost to be saved, and for believers to receive the baptism in the Holy Ghost. I had not yet offered to pray for the sick, but suddenly there were two little girls standing before me. I learned that they were seven and nine years old, respectively, and that both of them were totally deaf. They could make sounds, but nothing intelligible. I have no idea what caused the deafness, whether is was purely physical, or if there was some demonic influence. All I knew was, they were deaf. So, I prayed and asked the Lord to give them their hearing so they could live a normal life, to hear a human voice, the sounds of nature, and to be able to learn and grow up whole. After I prayed, I laid my hands on them and made a faith command for them to hear in the Name of Jesus.
I knew it the moment it happened. When I first saw them, they were timidly looking around, but there seemed to be no light in their eyes. Immediately after giving the faith command to hear, it was as if someone had turned the light on in a dark room. There was an expression on their face that said it all. There was a sudden anticipation in their eyes for the next moment. As I spoke to them softly, they both smiled, looked at one another in wide-eyed amazement, and then at their mother. She saw it, too. They were hearing for the first time in their lives. Oh, the joy that the memory of that moment still brings to my heart. I cannot tell about it and not smile. And the rejoicing in the church was phenomenal. Acts 29 was still making headlines in heaven.
Manna for Today – Psalm 119:105; Matthew 11:5; Mark 7:32-37; Mark 9:25; Luke 7:22