Praise be to our living God and His infinite grace and love!
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
–Matthew 10:32-33, KJV
Allow me to introduce myself. My name is David Gawlik, I am an IT consultant and the designer and administrator of the buddyandveronica.com website.
Veronica McGlothlin sent me the itinerary for their trip to California to post on the web site. It scheduled Buddy and Veronica to minister at Victory Life Center in Modesto, California, and she invited me to attend.
My first thought was, “This is great! I know where Victory Life Center is, it’s my friend Dan’s church and I need to be there. It will be great to meet the people I have been working for all these months.”
Initially, I had concerns about making the trip to Modesto, which is about 45 minutes North of me, because my health had not been good for the last 9 months. I was experiencing heart palpitations, a heart murmur, and irregular heartbeat on a regular basis. This condition would put me down for several days at a time. Leaving me with barely enough energy to roll out of bed, let alone make a short road trip. This was compounded by arthritis in my right leg and numbness in my right foot that left me favoring the leg and barely able to walk fifty feet without resting long enough for the pain to subside.
My mental and spiritual health were at a very low ebb. So low that I had contacted my attorney about drawing up a will and living will. I considered distributing DNR orders to the local medical centers and went so far as to inquire about alternative means to ensure that I was not kept on life support or preserved as a demented vegetable.
During the previous months, God had spoken to me several times about His plan for my life. My reaction was, “Lord, I can’t do this.” And, I proceeded to be stubborn and argue with God. Of course, God showed me that I cannot argue with Him, and I relented. Little did I know the extent of His plan or what was waiting for me in Modesto.
After arriving at Victory Life Center, my friend Dan led me to Buddy and Veronica and made introductions. We chatted for a few minutes before the Victory Life Center Praise and Worship team opened services. Buddy and Veronica took over with their Praise and Worship team and there was about 45 minutes of praise, worship, teaching and testimonies… then, they called everyone wanting prayer to come forward.
At first, I wasn’t compelled to come forward for prayer. So, I observed for some time. Then, a small, quiet voice spoke to me, “It won’t hurt to have them pray for you.” So, I wandered to the back of the line and waited for someone to get around to me. I remember my associate Kim grabbing my arm and leading up to the front and telling Veronica I was there.
Veronica came over to me and started to lay hands on me. I felt like I had been pushed in the chest, sent flying three feet and landed with my back to the floor. No pain or discomfort, just peace, I was totally at rest. Veronica followed me to the floor, laying her hands on my chest and prayed for me for some time. I remember very little of what she said, only profound harmony and peace.
I had no sense of time as I lay there and eventually woke up. Awakened in more ways than I could possibly imagine. It took me a day or so to realize that the heart murmur was gone. Possibly, another day or two to realize that I was not favoring my right leg, could walk distances without pain and the feeling and sensation had returned to my right foot.
Praise God! I’m learning to walk again, on my previously afflicted leg, and learning to walk in Obedience, Belief, Faith, and Divine Health. God is very real to me now and I can touch the word of God in my heart and feel the precious Blood of Jesus Christ flowing in my veins. To coin a phrase, I received a “Jesus overhaul”. What a way to wake up!
The prophet Jeremiah said: “… But his word was in mine heart like a burning fire shut up in my bones, …”
God has not been still in my life. This chapter is getting long, and there is much more. So, I will continue the testimony in later parts.
All Glory Praise to the King, in that name above all names, our Lord Jesus Christ!