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Enduring Pain Until God Heals

By Julie Blim
The 700 Club “And when I was down hooking up the gas line to the stove, I could just feel this – in my back just something like a big bulge broke loose and it was just very painful.  Oh, at that point in time I had never had any pain like that. It was excruciating,” says Tim.

Tim Whittaker had been dealing with pain from a spinal condition for years, but this was worse. The electrician couldn’t work for a month afterward. 

Tim explains, “When I went to the neurosurgeon, he told me that I had a bulged disc and Spondylolisthesis, and he just gave me pain medication.  At that time it was Percocet. He said ‘you need something strong to get you through this.’ He said ‘you’re going to have some issues down the road.’”

Although Tim could function, he was still in constant pain. 

“Even though it might be painful or whatever, you just kind of put it off, put it off. Because, you know, you don’t have time to quit for anything. You got to move on in life, you know,” says Tim.

For the next seven years, Tim depended on pain medication to make it through the day.  Finally he had surgery, which gave him relief – but only for a couple years.

“Then it just started getting so excruciating again,” remembers Tim.  “We go right back into the numbness of the leg, where I couldn’t bend my toe on my left foot…lower back was just tight. I was told you’ll have to deal with the pain medication and depression medication for the rest of your life.”

Despite his pain and frustration, Tim trusted God and prayed for healing.
“I just knew that God had something in store for my life,” says Tim.

In January 2015, Tim says that God answered his prayers. 
“I was watching The 700 Club that night. Gordon had prayed.”

Gordon Robertson: “There’s someone who has deteriorating bone in your back, you’re in constant pain, the Lord is healing you…”

“I said, ‘you know what, that’s for me!’  Just a good, really good, peaceful, at ease, whew, yeah, it’s a relief. I didn’t feel the pain. I felt great.  I knew something had changed.  I now cannot be such a burden on my wife. Now I can get in a car.  I can ride somewhere.  Thank God I got the miracle I got with the healing pain!”

Tim hasn’t had to take any medication since and feels better than he has in years.  He has a word of encouragement for anyone who needs God’s healing. 

Tim concludes, “If you’re going through chronic pain, you get bad news from the doctor every day, something’s going on – don’t give up, don’t give up.  He will give you some peace and comfort through your trials.  And don’t think also, ‘I’m not going to get a miracle. I prayed on it. I haven’t seen any results.’  Don’t do that to yourself. Stay in the word of God.”

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