Today’s post presents one of the most compelling testimonies that you may ever hear. It is a story told by a young woman about an experience she and her husband had when she became pregnant with their third child. Here are some facts about the family: The young woman was born into a family with a saved father and mother, her father an Elder and Sunday School Teacher, and her mother, a Minister, and church Secretary. Her two sisters are saved, her husband is a minister, and both KD and CD were raised in the church. The husband’s mother is a minister, and his late grandmother was a minister. The young woman attended a private church school and went to a church-based College. Both she and her husband were taught the ways of God under two Apostles. The former Apostle was the church’s founder, and the current Apostle still teaches that we should live a life of Holiness, plus nothing. Both the young woman and her husband have been active in their church since they were children. And yet, despite all of these things, they were tried to the extent that she doubted her sanity.
SEVERAL THOUGHTS CAME TO MIND when I heard this young woman’s story.
- God is real. He reveals aspects of Himself to us in whatever way He chooses. (I am that I am. Ex. 3:14).
- God still speaks to His people in dreams and visions. “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions” (Joel 2:28).
- The faith of the Saints will be tried. 1 Peter 1:7. That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Job 23:10 KJV But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
- God does not always speak to us in a way that we immediately understand or find the most acceptable. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than yours. Isaiah 55:8-10 KJV
- If God ever speaks a thing, it will come to pass. Sometimes circumstances may look like God (*gulp) lied to us, but we must always trust God. God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19).
- There is often a great blessing associated with our most significant trials. The greatest blessing is that we experience God’s Presence the most when going through the hardest.
- When God wants to bless our lives, He often does it by putting people in our lives.
This is KD’s story:
In June 2020, God gave me a dream that vividly showed me caring for a baby boy. I immediately named him Caleb Elijah. Two weeks later, we found out we were expecting. Little did I know, the baby God showed me was not the one I was carrying.
At six weeks, God gave me another dream, and I saw myself bleeding heavily. Just as the dream showed, within twenty-four hours, it happened. I started showing signs of miscarriage. Although several doctors repeatedly said the pregnancy was not viable, we didn’t lose hope. My HCG count continued to rise as a viable pregnancy is supposed to. At nine weeks, the doctors miraculously found my baby alive and kicking! We rejoiced, but our rejoicing quickly turned to mourning because six days later, they could no longer see the baby in my uterus. I repeatedly went to the hospital and doctor’s office trying to find my baby on the sonogram. The hospital treated me like a lunatic. A sonogram picture is the only evidence that my baby ever existed. We had suffered a devastating loss, but God is faithful!
I struggled at the promise of what God had shown me, even to the point that I told myself I had made it all up. I told myself that my dream must’ve meant nothing. I ALMOST convinced myself that there was never a baby at all, but I remembered my sonogram picture and knew it had been real.
Later, God showed me another dream. There were two trees. One stood tall, and the other had been uprooted. In the dream, I looked at this uprooted tree and said, “This tree can live if I just replant it!” I didn’t know what it meant, but I wrote it down. Shortly after, my Mom came to me and said God dropped this scripture on her heart, and she didn’t know why and had NO idea of the dream God had shown me. Job 14:7 “For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.”
At the time, I was still miscarrying and thinking that God would somehow resurrect my baby in my womb. I was struggling with my faith and my sanity. Late one night, around 11 p.m., my pastor called me. He told me that God told him to call me and pray for me because this trial was going to shake my faith, but to hold on to my faith!
On Sept. 13th, as I was sitting in Sunday school, I began to lose blood. I lost so much that I passed out twice. The Paramedics came and couldn’t get me to wake up. They couldn’t even get a blood pressure reading because I had lost so much blood.
BUT GOD! His word says, Ezekiel 16:6 “And when I passed by thee, and saw thee polluted in thine own blood, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live; yea, I said unto thee when thou wast in thy blood, Live.” When I finally came to, I heard the Paramedics say, “We thought we lost her.” That was the finality of my miscarriage…..or so we thought. Still, I showed signs that I was expecting and still miscarrying. My HCG numbers were at 90 and wouldn’t drop. My doctor suspected there was an unborn twin still inside of me that never quite made it. In October 2020, they gave me medicine to finalize my miscarriage, and all the symptoms stopped.
At this point, I was absolutely confused, still waiting on the promise and trying my best to hold on to my faith…
Well, in February, God fulfilled His promise! When the doctor’s office called me to tell me the gender, I told them, “I already know it’s a boy, and his name is Caleb.”Guess what… it’s a boy! Before he was formed in my belly, I already knew him!
To make the story even sweeter, Caleb was born in October 2021, almost exactly one year from the day my miscarriage finally ended.
I am so thankful that I passed this test. The enemy tried to take my mind, my faith, and my life. BUT GOD. I hope this will serve as a reminder that God’s promises are “Yea and Amen.” His word cannot return to Him void!! And even when your situation looks hopeless, God’s promises cannot be rerouted, deterred, delayed, or distracted from reaching you!
Following the completion of her testimony, I asked KD a simple question. “What did you learn from this experience?” These are the answers that she gave.
Things I learned…
- Not every dream is from God:
I had so many other dreams during that time that showed me losing the baby again. Some showed them finding the baby alive and well. In my hurt, it was hard to distinguish between the two. Dreams and visions need to be accompanied by a sincere prayer to discern between what is of God and what is not.
- God has answered more prayers than the ones we think He didn’t:
I felt bitterness, anger, and frustration growing in me. But I realized that after almost 20 years of walking with the Lord, I have MANY MORE testimonies of God answering my prayers than Him not answering. Why throw away nearly 20 years of His faithfulness behind one “perceived” disappointment. If He never answered another prayer, He has already shown Himself faithful in those that He HAS answered.
- Fiery trials will test your works:
1 Corinthians 3:13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.
We WILL ALL experience fiery trials. In these trials, we’ll see how effective our works were. So many people claim to fast often, pray daily, serve in the church, give to the needy, but when a fiery trial hits, they can’t withstand it. Those are dead works. On the other hand, when our fasting, church work, praying, and giving are done in sincerity and humility, we will see the proof of it because the fire won’t burn it up. Job 23:10 But He knoweth the way that I take: when He hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
- The prayers of the righteous do avail much:
There were times that I couldn’t pray. I couldn’t worship, but I am POSITIVE people were praying for me. I could feel the prayers. They are what kept my mind intact. People I hardly talked to let me know they were praying. I was humbled and grateful.
- It’s okay to cry:
I felt like if I cried, it showed a lack of faith. Why cry when you know God is going to work it out? I felt that if I cried, I was doubting. But crying is part of the healing process. Once I permitted myself to cry, I would cry at random times. It would creep on me suddenly. And that’s ok! You’re not wrong for crying. I learned how to turn my tears into worship.
The lessons that KD and her family learned are great lessons for us as well. Let us take their experience and grow in our understanding of who God is.