Last winter, I noticed Rusty walking
around, as if lethargic, as I went out to feed. Within about 20 minutes or so,
he started to lay down and then roll. He would get up, walk a few more
steps, then lay down and roll. He had been sweating profusely. That in
itself isn't very good out in the cold.
Instantly, I thought of colic. In that
moment, I felt an overwhelming urge to pray. I thanked God for another
opportunity to exercise my faith and to use the authority He has given me
over this situation. I simply asked God to make his insides work properly
and to allow whatever was causing any blockage to pass on through. I
commanded that he be healed in Jesus' Name.
Right before I prayed I sensed this
overwhelming faith. I just knew deep down inside that God wanted to heal
this horse. I don't think at that time that I had enough faith to believe
for something of this magnitude. It was pretty scary for me. I believe God
gave me the gift of faith for that moment because I didn't have enough. I've
never experienced that kind of faith before that time.
After I prayed, I loved on him for a
while and just knew he would be fine. I knew it in my heart.
As I walked away and mentally said,
"He'll be fine," of course the enemy tried putting opposing thoughts in my
mind. The thought came to me that everyone will think I'm crazy for not
rushing him to the vet. Another thought came that he could die. I got mad
and said out loud, "He will live and not die!" I came against those
thoughts and took them captive in the Name of Jesus. I said, "It is done
and he will be fine," and went inside the house to do a few things before I
could come back outside to load up another horse to take to a friend's
I figured that if it was done and I
really believed it, that I could continue doing what I needed to do for the
rest of the day.
As soon as I came outside I looked at
Rusty. He had gotten up and had already gone over to the water trough and
was drinking! His fever broke and he had already started to dry off! Now
that's God! He was fine after that.
I've shared that testimony with many
people. This one horseman just shook his head and thought I'd "lost it."
Another person figured his system worked itself out. Oh, well. They can
believe whatever they want, but I know it was God. I know because of
the awesome faith that came over me that was not my own!