Therapy Sessions with Damainion Ewell
In this my second installment of “Therapy Sessions,” I would like to give God some praise over some things that He has done. Oftentimes, I look at people from a distance and wonder what their testimony is. It is one my deepest curiosities to know what travail and circumstances that God has liberated a person from. As I talk to people on a continual basis, a sense of wonderment takes center stage, as God’s sanctified power is made manifest through the declaration of His deliverance.
Malachi 4:2 (KJV) states “but unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.” When I decided to abandon the accolades of men and pursue the adulation of my Lord and Savior, my journey towards excellence began to transpire. I was trapped in the midst of stagnancy and self-aggrandizement nearly to the point of drowning in my own folly. I feared a bad haircut more than I feared the LORD, and He promptly shut me down. I praise Him for mowing me down like a patch of grass and bringing me back to reality.
I praise the LORD for the life of Kevin Everett. As a lot of you have heard, Everett is the player for the NFL’s Buffalo Bills who suffered a catastrophic spine injury while making a routine tackle. The early prognosis was that this young man would never walk again, and his quality of life would ultimately suffer significantly. "A best-case scenario is full recovery, but not likely," orthopedic surgeon Andrew Cappuccino said. "I believe there will be some permanent neurologic deficit." But as usual, Satan is a liar and a fool. Approximately 48 hours after this horrifying accident, Everett began to move his limbs and show signs of life. In what was called a “minor miracle,” he was taken off the respirator and the prognosis changed to him likely walking again.
Of course, there will always be pessimists and doubters of the irrefutable power of God. In a statement to the press, Dr. Barth Green, chairman of the department of neurological surgery at the University of Miami School of medicine decreed, “I don’t know if I would call it a miracle. I would call it a spectacular example of what people can do.” But I heard Jesus say in John 15:5 (KJV), “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” Let us be very clear on this matter…without Jesus, we are nothing and will accomplish nothing.
I would also like to give God praise for the miraculous recovery of my friend, Kevin Banks. We attend the same church in Las Vegas (http://www.remnantministries.net), and we have become close acquaintances since we have met. Three weeks ago, I received a call that my brother had suffered a stroke soon after a Friday night church service. I rushed to the hospital to spend some time with him in prayer and fellowship. I was completely stunned as to how something like this could happen to a man so young and energetic.
I have come to understand that if you are a person of faith, your faith needs to be kicked into overdrive during times of difficulty. Proverbs 24:10 (KJV) made this understanding clearer to me, stating “if thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small.” As I watched my brother lie in a hospital bed, nearly immobile and not speaking many words, Satan attempted to shred my brain with doubt and depression. But again, the devil is a liar and utterly foolish. Kevin’s wife and I came into agreement in prayer, and we supplicated before the mercy seat of the LORD. Two weeks later, I saw my brother in church, walking and looking the same as I remembered him. The LORD had returned my brother from a bed-ridden condition back to the state where I remembered him. I was nearly brought to tears when I saw him from across the room, as it informed me further of God’s immutable power and deliverance.
In this world, there is no shortage of two things: things to pray for and things to praise God for. Inasmuch as we all need to pray and intercede for others, we need to continuously praise the LORD for what His mighty hand has done. I can look back over my life and see where He moved mountains on my behalf and kept my enemies at bay. He has been that light of consistency and that ray of sunshine that broke through my darkest moments. Without Jesus, my life would have remained the forlorn and bitter place that the devil set out to make it. It is my prayer that the person reading this would give the LORD the fruit of their lips and the glory that his splendor deserves.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Damainion Ewell is a well-traveled freelance journalist and a man on a mission. Formerly known in many secular arenas as "The Millennium Writer," Damainion took a God-imposed hiatus from journalism in late 2005 to concentrate on his family and other personal endeavors. Nearly two years later, Damainion is on the brink of his writing comeback, with a singular mission in mind: to glorify the name of Jesus Christ with every word that he writes. Damainion is currently working on two Christian literary offerings and enjoying life with his wife of seven years and their three wonderful children.