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I Beg of You Not to Do This

Friday, June 28, 2013

I really did not want to go to Zumba last night. The weather is heating up and I'm in a pain flare again. I went anyway and a newbie called to me across the gym "Where were you yesterday? I missed you!" I went over and told her that I was having a bit of trouble with pain. So - this woman starts to put her hands on me and to pray out loud very loudly "Pain, go away! Go away! Satan - kiss her butt! We want you to leave her alone!" People were looking at me. I didn't know what to do. She finally finished and I just thanked her and told her that I had to go to my spot to be ready for class. She called after me that if I truly believed that I would be healed. After class, she came up (as I thought she might) and asked if I was healed yet. I told her that "Well, no", but I did have much better spirits after having been there. Ai yai yai!

I am a believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. I am also someone who has suffered chronic pain for 25 years. Sure, God could miraculously heal me. And it isn't like I haven't begged Him to. But for whatever reason He has been teaching me and helping me to trust Him through the pain. And I feel like He's been helping me by directing me to the right therapies and research on my condition.

Please don't follow me around asking me every five minutes if I'm healed yet, like one woman did at church. All you will do is to add to my stress and make me avoid you. (I didn't go to Zumba tonight partly because I could not handle a repeat of last night.)

It is unlikely that I will tell you to go jump in the lake. I am more of a "smile and nod" girl esp. if it is about me and not my children. I don't know how to be polite and still tell someone to jump in the lake but if anyone has suggestions, I'm open.
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    oh my
    Yeah God didn't promise any of us a rose garden.

    I've seen way too much suffering in the world by godly people who truly loved the Lord, to believe HE takes it all away.
    1756 days ago
    Maybe something along the lines of "God uses all things, even suffering, to bring us closer to him. Nice shoes." (Surely nice shoes would be the Zumba equivalent of bean dip.)
    1757 days ago
    Wow so sorry you had this experience! You handled it much better than I would have. emoticon
    1758 days ago
  • ROCKLAND2010
    I'm not sure what I would do in that situation. Well-intentioned, I'm sure...but...odd.
    It sounds like you handled it well.
    1759 days ago
    Ahh, I had "hand laid on me" over the phone because I broke my arm rollerblading and had to have it reconstructed. Luckily, no one has ever laid hands on me for my Fibromyalgia but, thanks to you, I know better than to tell people about my pain.

    I do hope you get healed. Pain isn't fun but having public attention brought to it doesn't help any.

    1759 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Well-intentioned she may be, she watches too much Benny Hinn..
    Somebody thinks mighty highly of herself to accost another person uninvited..

    IMHO I would have put my hand out and stopped anybody that did that to me without my permission.
    Please do not allow another person to take part of your day away from you and use it for themselves!! Go enjoy zumba and let this person know you are there for YOU!
    1760 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    This is a new one for me. never had that type of experience happen with a someone I haven't known or for that matter never from a friend. I just can't figure out what makes some people tick and say things as such. I am more like you that I would smile and nod and be one my way. However if I was approched more than once by the same person----I may tell them that we all have crutches to bear in life and praying to God for an answer to my prayers. I know all about asking God to please heal our us from illness, especially chronic ones, and there is always the hope of finding cures or medications to help. Please Spark friend, don't give up Zumba because of someone who just can't stop herself from trying to be a healer. You enjoy Zumba to much for trying to avoid her. Good luck.
    1760 days ago
    Sometimes the prayer is more about the "pray-er". emoticon You just keep the faith! Our God is emoticon !

    1760 days ago
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