The Omniscient True God
Sis Christina Chan
Elgin Church, UK
Hallelujah in the name of the Lord Jesus I testify.
My name is Christina Chan and I have a son and a daughter. I would like to share with everyone a testimony of God’s grace towards my daughter Anita. Since her childhood, she had been suffering from eczema. This had been treated with many medications from various doctors, but they were ineffective. When her skin felt itchy, especially at night, she would often scratch until the skin cracked. My husband and I felt extremely sad about this but would entrust this to God in our prayers, asking Him to show mercy. However, we often thought that perhaps we did not have sufficient faith for God to listen to our prayers.
On 14 February (a Tuesday), when Anita was five years old, my husband happened to read in the newspaper an article which introduced a home treatment for dry skin. He showed it to me and told me to use the home treatment on the affected areas on our daughter’s face and limbs later that night. However, less than ten minutes after putting the treatment on, I heard her cry out, “Mum! It’s very itchy!” I was shocked when I saw that her whole face and her limbs were red and swollen. I cradled her in my arms and promptly used water to clean the affected areas and then said a prayer with her. It was just after one in the morning. At that time I was struggling to decide whether or not to phone my husband, who was working in a restaurant, to come back home to take her to hospital. However, once I thought about how my daughter would usually throw a tantrum whenever she knew that she was going to hospital, I decided to inform my husband of her situation only. I then started to pray to God earnestly and beg Him, saying, “Oh Lord, You are the almighty Physician, if you take away the redness and swelling on my daughter’s skin, I will testify for You on the Sabbath.”
After my sorrowful and tearful prayer, I saw that Anita’s condition had not improved, and all the while she was crying and screaming. I had so much pain in my heart that I knelt again to pray even more earnestly. After this prayer, her condition improved a little. From then on, I was no longer afraid because I knew that God had listened to my plea. I carried my daughter to bed so she could rest, but she wanted me to tell her a Bible story. I began to speak of the various healings Jesus performed during the time He was preaching the gospel, adding how He would also heal her. After the story, I was going to pray for the third time. I asked Anita to pray while she lay there in the bed, but she told me, “I also want to kneel and pray with my mummy, so we can ask God to heal me.” As I heard these words that were filled with so much faith, I told her, “Ok, my little cheerleader! Let’s pray together!” This time after the prayer, I felt truly thankful to God because the redness and swelling on her skin had subsided and she was able to go to sleep peacefully.
Not long after, my husband came home from work, and I told him everything that had happened. He also thanked God. That night, as I lay in bed, I thought of what happened earlier and felt that, since it was such a small matter, it was not important enough for me to testify about it in front of the whole congregation. Perhaps I should forget about giving testimony? All of a sudden I was itchy all over, and I could no longer sleep. I looked at the time and saw that it was really late already. I realised that if I could not fall asleep soon, I would be too tired to do the housework and look after my daughter the next day. It came to my mind that God had probably sent this itch to remind me of my promise to Him. God is omniscient , as the Bible records, “For man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Sam 16:7b). So then I prayed to God and repented, asking Him to forgive my sins and to give me the courage to bear testimony for Him. When I finished praying, my skin returned to normal and I was able to fall asleep. On the Sabbath day which followed, on the 18th February, I was able to testify for the Lord and glorify His holy name at Elgin Church.
From this whole experience, I was able to truly and deeply see that the true God that we serve is the one and only all knowing and all powerful God. He has searched us and understands our thoughts and ways (Psalm 139:1-3). At present, Anita’s eczema has not gone completely, but I believe that if my husband and I have sufficient faith to ask God, that if it is His will, He will act. I hope that God will show us mercy, so that one day my daughter can be healed of her illness. May all glory be unto the true God in heaven. Amen.