My walking shoes
On an early fall day last year the UPS man came to the door and delivered a package into my hands. I had been waiting with anticipation for it to arrive and unwrapped the package quickly. Out of the box came a pair of hot pink Reebok princess classic tennis shoes! Hot pink! Yes!!
Just a couple weeks earlier I had been looking for tennies and came across these. I knew they were the right choice for me to walk out my healing as soon as I laid eyes on them. You see, just 2 years ago I could not have imagined going walking. I could hardly walk around my home most days as I struggled with Lyme Disease and several co-infections. It had gone undiagnosed for 23 years and five years of treatment had kept it from sending me to an early grave, but it had not put the disease into "remission". And then God revealed to us a new plan.
In January of 2011 my husband Joel was healed of Lyme Disease and other conditions overnight. This put us on a quest for what the Bible says about healing and as we studied and prayed, I too, was healed from the bacteria that had invaded every part of my body. Doctors confirmed what we knew, that the Lyme was dead and gone by the power of prayer. God began healing me on the inside, too, from childhood trauma...in my heart and soul. During this time of healing I continued to struggle in some areas, but God impressed on me over and over again to walk out my healing. Literally and spiritually.
Thanks to friends like Linny, Katherine, Kim and Kerin, and my wonderful husband, I had the support and insights needed to keep going. There were times I would end up back in my recliner wondering if I would ever get out and walk again.....during those times I would put my shoes on as I sat in my chair, or put them next to me to as a constant reminder of God's deep love and faithfulness, and His promise for healing.
Eighteen months ago I could walk 3 minutes. Period. Now I walk 1 to 1.5 miles every day, and on a recent trip to the east coast I walked over 5 miles in one day in NYC. We made a point to walk every day we could ~ in hotel or church parking lots, at Niagara Falls, on the Appalacian Trail, the streets of the cities we stayed in.
It is not just the physical walking that we are rejoicing over. I was homebound, unable to be exposed to normal every days smells, fragrances, etc. I had not ever been to my childrens homes, and I was unable to go to church, a store, and more. I was held captive in my own home. And then God opened our eyes...spoke His Word to us....and told me to "go out into the world and fear nothing." W.a.l.k.
Just a month ago we went on our first vacation since 1986, traveling 3,000 miles into 10 states., spending 14 nights in hotels. Me. The girl in the bubble. As I said before in NYC we walked over 5 miles, rode three subways, two commuter trains, and a ferry. ONLY GOD!
Ready for NYC!
My pink tennies are a constant reminder of God providing strength and healing in our lives. When God gives you a promise He really means it! When people comment on my hot pink tennies........and believe me they do, I have a story to tell. A story of God's healing power, His faithfulness, His provision. In fact I just told our story to my eye doctor today when he mentioned my tennies!
My tennies won't fit into my Memorial Box and I am certainly not ready to put them on a shelf, because every time I put them on I cannot help but smile and praise God for what He is doing in my life!