Back Pain Disappears Instantly
Jesse Anyabwile has been training horses for over 30 years. One day, he was cleaning out the stalls, and putting the manure into bins.
“And I’d just probably had gotten to maybe the sixth or seventh one and when I lifted it up and I filled them up, you know, I just heard a big pop, a big sharp pain in the lower back,” Jesse says.
When Jesse got home he told his wife, Sharmaine. “I looked at his back and saw that it was a little swollen,” she says.
Jesse says, “But very shortly after that I started developing uh a sharp pain down the-the back of my leg. So I went to the doctor and the-the doctor gave me an examination and-and it indicated to me that, you know, ‘it looks like you may have really severely hurt that muscle back there and you may have a pinched nerve.’”
The doctor prescribed medications for pain and swelling, but they only worked temporarily.
Jesse says, “I went back to the doctor and she said, ‘Well, I think we need to take this a little bit further, you need to see a specialist.’”
An MRI showed Jesse had a bulging disc. Given the choice of surgery or cortisone injections. Jesse opted for the shots. But when they wore off, he was still in pain and it was getting worse.
Jesse says, “It just felt like there was like a knife in the back of my thigh with each step, and at some point I actually got to where I couldn’t drive, couldn’t walk very long distances. Even standing was painful, sitting was painful.”
Jesse went back to the specialist and made an appointment for surgery.
“That was a really, really difficult time because I had to wrestle with not only being able to enjoy the riding, which I’d done for 30 years,” says Jesse. “I was wrestling almost with my mortality. I was like, ‘Wow, am I going to be able to do much of anything anymore?’ It was scary.”
During this time, Sharmaine had been praying for her husband. She says, “I had faith that he will—he would get better.”
One day, she came home and turned on The 700 Club. Gordon and Terry were having words of knowledge for viewers.
“I’m thinking, ‘You know, I’m not so sure I really believe that people receive these kind of healings, but what do I have to lose by just – by just giving in and giving it a try?’ So I actually put my hand over the back, and I closed my eyes, and I let myself be immersed into prayer. And I just said to myself, ‘Just let it happen.’ And it did. And it was really one of those calming kind of thing that came over me that really made me feel really good and warm and just, for the first time, relieved.”
Sharmaine says, “He did not immediately share with me. And then when he finally shared with me, I was like hallelujah, you’re healed.”
Jesse took a little more convincing. He says, “I still felt like, ‘This is going to come back.’ I didn’t really, at that point, have complete faith.”
That changed the day of his surgery.
Sharmaine remembers, “An anesthesiologist came in and I said to the anesthesiologist, ‘I don’t think he needs surgery today.’ And I explained the reasons why. He said, ‘well I guarantee he’s not going to be healed like that. It’ll either be through medicines, through surgeries, through treatments like this.’ So when the doctor came in he began to examine him, did some tests. And then he looked at him and says, ‘Why are you having surgery today?’ And I clapped my hands…Because that was confirmation to him.”
Jesse says, “Once I heard it from the doctor saying, ‘Maybe we shouldn’t do this surgery.’ I really recognized my blessings in that I had been healed!”
Jesse got back in the saddle as soon as he could. Today he’s still riding, and still pain free.
Sharmaine encourages others, “Stay prayerful, stay prayerful. And it has, you know, I have challenges where, you know, it’s like, ‘God, I want it now.’ But we have to wait on God’s perfect timing because His timing is always best.”