When my daughter Marinda was three years old I had to really rely on my faith in prayer. My name is Phyllis Osbourne. I’m married to Bob, and he’s a career soldier, retired. I also have a son John and five beautiful grandchildren. When this happened with Marinda, we were stationed at Fort Knox Kentucky. She came down one morning noticeably limping, nothing had happened. We had no idea why. And as the day went on her leg kind of pulled behind her and she’s just dragging it as she tried to walk. By the end of the day it had pulled up so much that her foot was a few inches off the ground, which made walking very difficult.
So I took her to our family doctor and he examined her. He ran a lots of tests, tried to straighten it himself, which was very unsuccessful. And he said to come back in a week and he thought her leg would be straight by then. He said come back in a week I’ll have all the blood tests back and we’ll go over and get a plan.
Well, when we went back her leg was still the same and he had no answers. He said the blood test any other tests showed nothing. They could not even begin to imagine what was causing her leg to withdraw.
After seeing three doctors and running multitude of tests, they said they were pretty sure that this was permanent since there was nothing evident that was wrong. They said that it probably would never straighten.
So we went home that night and I had been talking to my sister-in-law, Sarah, all through the process. I was telling her each step of the way what was going on. So I called her and I told her that they don’t give me any hope at all that this is ever gonna change. Sarah said she had 20 ladies coming to her house every Friday for a Bible study and they have been praying for Marinda since it started and will keep praying. Later that week she called me and said after she told the ladies all the stuff the doctor had said, they decided they were going to call everybody they knew, family and friends in different states. Then they compiled a list of what states nobody knew anyone. Then they called churches in those states and had them to commit to contact people to pray for Marinda at 1PM EST the next day, which was the time their Bible group would be meeting. So, everybody would be praying for her at the same time.
Well, the next day I spent most of the day praying myself and watching Marinda. I was noticing how difficult everything was becoming. She couldn’t do the simplest of
things anymore. But we went to bed that night and her leg was the same. I wasn’t concerned any more, because I’ve always been taught God answers prayer in his timing, not
The next morning, before I even woke up, here comes Marinda, running in my room as if nothing had ever happened. Her leg was perfect!
She never had a pain. Nothing ever seemed to hurt her. But all of a sudden, her leg was just fine again.
That changed my prayer life immensely. Because of this moment, I started praying for specific things. Instead of being so general with my prayer life. I saw firsthand what God can do.
Growing up, Miranda would ask me, even all through our life when different situations would come up, she’d say, “Mom, aren’t you worrying about that?”
And my answer, that day, now, and forever has always been, “Don’t worry about it. Pray about it.”