Nearly three years ago, I was diagnosed with a vocal polyp. I prayed earnestly to God for Him to heal me. People prayed over me. I begged God to take the polyp away and restore my voice. He answered those prayers although not quite in the way we had hoped. It required surgery, speech pathology, and several weeks of silence before my voice returned. While I am very thankful for the healing I received, sometimes I wonder why God didn’t just reach down and miraculously take away the polyp. To me, it seems like God would have gotten a whole lot more glory from that sequence of events!
Even though I wasn’t the recipient of a miraculous healing, I still believe that God heals in miraculous ways. I came across this incredible video today and it took me back to my own vocal struggles and my own prayers for healing. It’s an incredible story! After you watch the video, be sure to read “The Miracle Moment” blog post that tells additional details about the story in the video.
After having surgery to remove a polyp from my left vocal fold in May of 2014, I was a little apprehensive about the two intensives I was scheduled for this summer in my Master of Arts in Music & Worship studies at Liberty University. I knew there would be a good deal of singing and I wasn’t quite sure how my voice would respond.
The first class in June was Graduate Conducting. When we weren’t conducting, we were the choir. We must have sang the “Hallelujah Chorus,” “For Unto Us” and Vivaldi’s “Gloria” 20 times each! My voice felt strong and clear. At the end of the night, I felt like I could have kept on singing it!
In July, my Applied Music class was voice instruction–lots more singing! Again, my voice responded really well to the level of singing required and I was able to sing one of my pieces (“La donna e mobile” from Rigoletto) which was part of my senior voice recital which was 22 years ago! (Here is a link to my performance).
I am so thankful for the healing I prayed for and experienced and that I can continue to use my voice to bring praise to my Savior.