Healthy on the Inside // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

hands holding the sun at dawn

The following is an excerpt from my upcoming book, Purple Fish:
My friend Sandy was visibly upset when she approached me after church one Sunday.  “I have an urgent prayer request.  My friend, Pam, was in a terrible auto accident last night.  She’s in Intensive Care at St. Mary’s with a broken neck.  It’s uncertain whether she will ever walk again.”

Then Sandy added, “Ironically, she was planning to come to church with
me this morning, and now this happened.”

That afternoon, I made the long trek to Duluth to visit Sandy’s friend.

Pam, strapped and bolted in a Stryker frame, recognized me immediately
as I entered her room.

“I was going to visit your church this morning.”

“Well, I came to visit you instead.”

We had a deep and meaningful conversation, and concluded with prayer.
I could tell her heart was especially tender towards spiritual things.

As I headed towards the door, she said, “Don’t be surprised when I
come walking into your worship service one of these Sundays.”

Several months later, I was giving announcements, when the sanctuary
door opened and Pam entered.  After extensive therapy, she had learned
to walk again.  She hobbled down the center aisle, and sat near the
front of the church.

The congregation was puzzled when I choked up.  They couldn’t see
anything particularly moving about the Women’s Missionary Society
announcement.

When I explained what had just occurred, the entire church erupted in
cheers and gave Pam a standing ovation.

She attended regularly after that, discovering a rich and vibrant
faith.  It was exciting to see her grow.

We baptized Pam on the one year anniversary of her accident.

On the shore of Little Round Lake, before stepping into the water, Pam
gave the following testimony:  “A year and a day ago, I was healthy on
the outside, but unhealthy on the inside.  An accident left me not so
healthy on the outside.  But because of Jesus, I’m healthy on the
inside.  I’d rather have this than that any day!”

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