• Debbie Howell

When God Speaks - Jasmine's Journey of Healing

Our family returned yesterday from our first cruise. We spent a week on the ship traveling from Baltimore to the Bahamas. We wanted to have a special family vacation before our younger daughter leaves for college. We thought that a cruise would be the easiest way for Jasmine to travel since she would have a bed to rest in when needed.

When we arrived at the first island we were trying to make the most of the time we had there so tried to get everyone up and ready early that morning. What I wasn't thinking of was Jasmine's normal routine of needing time to medicate and do her stretches in the morning so she has time to get her pain under control before starting her day. By the time we got to the beach she was in so much pain she couldn't move. I had to immediately help her to get back to our room on the ship so she could lay down and try to get her pain under control.

As I was in the room with her doing everything I could to help her I was praying non-stop. It wasn't a prayer of faith, however. It was quickly turning into a prayer of desperation, a mother's prayer that was about to move the heavens.

My prayer went something like this: "God, it's time to go to a new level with You. I have declared countless Scriptures of healing over Jasmine's life. You've heard me speak Your Words back to You. Now I need to hear from You. Holy Spirt, I need You to speak Scriptures to MY heart. Scriptures that show me what God's plan is for Jasmine. Is He going to heal her? What does that journey look like in the day to day suffering she lives in? I need to hear You whisper God's Word to my heart. I need dreams and visions. I NEED TO HEAR FROM YOU!"

After doing everything possible to get Jasmine comfortable I fell asleep in our room. A few minutes later I woke up with a Scripture playing in my mind "Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life". I immediately knew that God was answering my prayer. I started to talk with God, "OK, God. Show me specifically how Jesus is Jasmine's way, truth, and life. Is this her avenue of healing? Please give me revelation and a greater understanding of how You want this Scripture to be alive and full of power for her life." Since then I've spent time praying through and meditating on this verse from John 14:6.

One of the things I love about God is that when He is ready to speak He shows up in more than one way. That same night as I was sleeping He gave me the dream that I had asked for. In the dream I was in a room praying with my husband for Jasmine and suddenly the Holy Spirit filled the room. It was a beautiful and powerful encounter with His presence and in that moment I knew that Jasmine had been healed even though I couldn't visibly see her. It was such an overwhelming presence that I began to weep and worship. I was so grateful to God when I woke up the next morning and remembered the dream. I know I will have more revelation from God as I continue to seek Him in this, because that's what He promises us in His Word. (Jeremiah 29:13)

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