With each step, Alan pushed back his fear…
Dead and wounded soldiers lie scattered on the jungle floor. The groans and cries of his wounded comrades were strangely louder than the explosions just over the hill. The earth shook and so did he. Nearby, the drone sound of helicopter blades, awaiting his return, offered the only hope he had. If He could only recover one more soldier, it would still be worth it all. It was there, while lifting his leather boot and stepping over one more slain body that it happened. Alan froze in his place.
To know Alan, at a glance, you would never guess he had been through so much. A quiet guy with a servant’s heart, for years even his wife didn’t know about the prestigious medals he had received for his service to our country. As a helicopter pilot, shot down more than once, his job was the recovery of the dead and wounded. The night the memories came flooding back, little did he know how God was getting ready to rescue him.
I should tell you, I pastor a charismatic church. “Charismatic” Is a term used to describe an acceptance of the grace gifts given by the Holy Spirit as relevant and for today. Though not embraced by all, since the beginning of the 1960s, what has been called the Charismatic movement has swept over the entire world and transformed millions of Protestants and Catholics alike.
The reason I share that is not to foster debate but because of what happened to Alan. You see historically, one of the manifestations experienced in Charismatic Churches is something called being slain in the Spirit. In short, it’s what happens when someone experiences the presence of God in such an overwhelming way that they can no longer remain standing. Like the priest in the Old Testament, prostrate on the floor because the glory of God had filled the temple, such has been the experience of multitudes since that time (2Chronicles 5:13-14)
On the night Alan received an inner healing, interestingly, he got touched not while lying on the floor but while stepping over someone who was. Remember I told you Alan had a servant’s heart? Well, that’s what God used to touch him. While stepping over someone to help someone else, Alan had a flashback of Vietnam. It was then that the Lord spoke to him. “These here are not the dead, but the living.” And with that, the Lord reached down and pulled out all the hurt, all the trauma and all the grief. To this day, Alan’s never been the same.
Personally, I must say, I like it when God shows up in unexpected ways. Though by no means is every spiritual manifestation from the Lord, I thank God for the ones that are. With the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit as our guide, there’s no doubt in my mind that, across denominational lines, God is touching lives in unprecedented, and sometimes unusual, ways. As for me, I continue to invite Him to come and to revive us all.
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