11 Feb With God, All Things Are Possible
“Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed;
save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.”
~ Jeremiah 17:14 (NIV)
Martin began noticing some memory loss and confusion. His job as planned giving director became more and more difficult as he began forgetting critical information.
January 1, 2008 was a terrible day for Martin and his wife.
After months of medical evaluations, he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. The shock was overwhelming. They lived a short distance from his elderly mother who was in the late stages of this devastating illness.
His employer gently told him that he needed to leave the job he loved, and then carefully walked him through the paperwork and medical exams that enabled him to go on disability. Quickly, Martin began losing contact with reality. He lost his ability to remember, to think and to know what he was doing, and to communicate with people. Coinciding with this, he lost contact with reality, the recognition of family and friends, and the ability to take care of himself. His son became his guardian and caretaker . . . and moved into Martin’s home. He remembers Martin talking to the wall, the floor, and other inanimate objects.
“Dad, who are you talking to? There is no one there,” he’d say.
During this time (and without him knowing it) Martin’s wife became ill and died. When many friends and family members came to his home with condolences, he was confused, uncomfortable, and anxious.
“What’s going on here?” Martin asked.
When told, “Your wife, Betty Jean, passed away.” His response was, “I had a wife? Who is she?”
Then back into darkness . . . speaking to the floor in sentences that made no sense. This went on for five and a half years.
On January 15, 2013 . . . God spoke to Martin. “Martin, I’m going to heal you.”
Of this time, Martin says, “I became alert – picked up my Bible and began reading Matthew 8. Everyone was getting healed. Matthew 8:16-17 stood out to me.
When evening came, many who were demon-possessed were brought to him, and he drove out the spirits with a word and healed all the sick. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took up our infirmities and bore our diseases.’ ~ Matthew 8:16-17 (NIV, emphasis mine)
I thought – ‘A word.’
My son was in the other room and heard me reading my Bible out loud. He must have been confused. I was coherent and alert, and read with accuracy. My long-term memory came back immediately, but there’s no memory of my 5½ years in darkness. I was told that my dear wife had died. Immediately, I became deeply grieved as I remembered how much I loved her. She was gone, and I wasn’t there for her.
I was told that my friends and peers, from my previous work with Every Home for Christ, consistently prayed for me.
I had an interesting challenge when I tried to be removed from the custody/guardianship agreement. The court had assigned it, and I now wanted to be declared independent and healthy to live my life without assistance. I was back . . . I needed to drive, shop for food, take care of my needs, and begin my life again. To do this, doctors needed to do a thorough examination to re-diagnose me as no longer having Alzheimer’s. They did that – without explanation of how it happened – or why the illness was now gone.”
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I recently spoke with Martin Wilson when I was in Colorado Springs. He is certainly alert and laughs, cries, and has a terrific sense of humor. Of course, he deeply loves God and believes in healing.
I don’t pretend to understand healing, but I believe it can and does happen. I have seen people healed, met people who have been healed or who experienced a miracle, and I know many who have not been healed.
I’ve decided to believe that God is a healing God whom we can trust. Sometimes people aren’t healed, or maybe they will be . . . in God’s timing. Perhaps, a doctor assists someone in becoming healed, or a “Martin miracle” stumps the doctors.
God is a good God. He is kind, compassionate, and merciful. He has eternal reasons concerning the why or “why nots” of our prayers. He continually helps us and gives us favor as He goes before us to open doors and to perform his mighty works on our behalf.
Martin’s story is remarkable. Before Martin, I had never met or heard of anyone who had been healed of this particular illness. Hopefully, this true account is a testimony that will build your faith, help you trust in God and encourage you to hang on to your hope, and continue to pray when circumstances seem impossible.
You’re incredibly significant, gifted, and able to do all that God asks of you. As a leader, your talents, relationships, employers, employees – and especially your family – are gifts to you. Your Creator trusts you to utilize all the skills He has given you.
You can do it! Keep believing and trusting. Don’t quit. He won’t quit on you.
God is faithful. ~ 1 Cor. 1:9
I am always . . .
Your Friend and Servant in Christ,
Wayde Goodall, D.Min.
Dean, College of Ministry