As an older woman, Shirley's health began to be impacted. When she started suffering from back pain due to vertebrae impact, she thought it was her lot. Would God actually heal her of this at her age?
I had this very, very painful back. I had a lot of treatment and was under a lot of painkillers, and sometimes I could only get from my bed to the couch, and that was it for the day. I was in a lot of pain and on morphine most of the time. This went on and off for a couple of years.
I live alone, so it was very, very awkward. There were a lot of things that I couldn't do. I couldn't bend, I couldn't crouch. I managed to get myself dressed, washed and fed, and that was about it. It was very, very restricting, because even walking was painful. Things that I needed to do just had to go by the by. I didn't go out very much; church was about my only outing.
They did an x-ray, and two vertebraes were fused together or something. I had no expectations. I was so used to being in this situation of pain, that I never thought I would be healed. Not by God at that time. It had gone on for some time and I guess I didn't have any expectations.
One day at church, we had this man called Clark Taylor visit. I was sitting at the back and he had a word of knowledge and he said, "There's somebody here who's had a very painful back and God wants to heal you." I got really excited and got down the front as quick as I could. He just laid hands on me and prayed. I felt so excited that something was going to happen.
I think it was only a couple of days later, and my back was completely healed. No pain! After two years, that was incredible. God is incredible. I haven't even got the words to explain how excited I was. To think that God loved me so much. He knew everything about me and He cared enough about me to just heal me completely like that, after I had been through such a hard time.
He never, ever lets me down. Never. Because He's never left me. Things don't always go my way, but His way is better than mine, so I don't worry about that. That's how He loves, that's how He cares. That's how He's so faithful and His grace and His mercy are just so abundant.