I participated in the "Alpha" church Bible study series (Nicky Gumbel) recently. It included a week dedicated to the practice of Christian healing. After an introduction of thirty minutes or so from Gumbel (by DVD) we broke into small groups and took prayer requests for healing specifically.
I informed my small group that I was a dispensationalist and believed that miracles though possible were primarily limited to specific periods of history. Since I believe in the possibility that God might show himself in this personal way, I participated anyway.
I requested healing for myself on something that I thought could be easily verified. I have been developing dark spots on my lower legs for several months (6?). At first they appeared to be bruises, 5 or 6 of them, the two worst being quarter-sized and located just above the Achilles tendon area. I ignored them until they started to sting when I put socks on, so I deduced that they were getting worse and might be something pre-diabetic. I have diabetes throughout my family tree.
I requested that these be healed and the group went through, in turn, praying for the various requests that were made. Our group leader requested permission to put his hands on me while praying for the healing and I granted that request. He sighed deeply as he knelt in front of me and put his hands on the outside of my jeans in the areas described, one on my lower shin area and just above my Achilles tendon. He did this on my left leg.
I immediately felt heat from his hands through my jeans from his fingertips on my lower shin. I said this out loud. If I did feel heat also on my back leg I don't recall it.
The skin on my legs felt different that night but the sores were still there. However, the open sores looked more like dry skin now, so I continued to monitor the status to our group leader at church 6 days later and again one week after that.
My wife took on the dry skin with whatever women use for that kind of thing last night and there is no evidence of the original sores except slight discoloration. I had resisted this process previously in fear that it would open the sores again.
Would someone please explain why it appears that God intervenes in my life so personally and primarily without my belief in advance (see Big Spiritual Experiences in this blog)? Is there a Biblical precedent for this? I feel like I'm running around telling stories about UFO's in the 60's.
Is God preparing me for something and am I actually as stupid and blind as I appear? Is he doing this elsewhere? Is there some other explanation for this and The Big Spiritual Experience?