The Blind Restored To Sight.

At the age of twenty years, a lady in Winchester, Iowa, began to lose

her health, and in a short time was confined to her bed. And she

writes:--"In addition to this I lost the use of my eyes, and was blind

and helpless, a greater portion of my time for five years.

"I enjoyed the blessing of prayer and trust some six months before

feeling a liberty to pray for the healing of my body; fearing I should

it without due submission to God's will. It was with _fear and

trembling_ that I first made known this request. Though my pleadings in

this direction were earnest, and often agonizing, yet I could say with a

fervor as never before, 'Not my will, but thine be done.'

"About the end of November, or early in December, 1873, I realized that

my faith was perfect, that I was ready _now_ to be healed, that my faith

was momentarily waiting on God, resting without a doubt on the promises.

From this time forward my faith remained fixed with but one exception.

During the time between December, 1873, and July, 1874, I was healed to

such an extent that I could walk some, and see more or less every day,

though sometimes with only one of my eyes. A portion of this time I felt

as though in a furnace of fire; but amid the flames I realized the

presence of the Son of God, who said, '_have chosen thee in the furnace

of affliction_.' This for a time seemed an answer to my petition, and so

thought it my life-work to suffer; for a while my faith became inactive,

and I almost ceased praying for my health. Though I felt submissive, yet

somehow I was soon crying, and that most instinctively, 'Thou Son of

David, have mercy on me.' After this, my faith did not waver. Oh, the

lesson of patience I learned in thus _waiting_ on _God's_ good time. And

with what comfort could I present my body an offering to Him, realizing

that as soon as at all possible with His will, I should be healed; I had

an assurance of this, but did not know whether it would be during life,

or accomplished only at death.

"In this manner I waited before God until the morning of the 29th of

July, when, without ecstasy of joy, or extra illumination, came a sense

of the presence of Jesus, and a presentation of this gift, accompanied

with these words: 'Here is the gift for which you have been praying; are

you willing to receive it?'

"I at first felt the incoming of the Divine power at the parts diseased,

steadily driving out the same, until death was swallowed up in victory.

I at once arose from my bed, and proceeded to work about the house, to

the great astonishment of my friends, some of whom thought me wild; but

I continued my work, assuring them that Jesus had healed me. Realizing

the scrutiny and doubt with which I was observed, I said to my father,

'What do you think?' He replied, 'It is supernatural power; no one can

deny it.'

"My healing took place on Wednesday; on Saturday was persuaded to lie

down, which I did, but found the bed was no place for me; thought of

Peter's wife's mother, who 'arose and ministered to them; knew that to

her, strength, as well as health, was instantly given, as in the case of

the palsied man, who rose, took up his bed, and departed. I returned to

my work, backing my experience with those in God's word, and since then

have not lain down during the day time.

"My friends could not realize the completeness of the cure, until I read

a full hour, and that by lamp-light, and until asked to desist, the

first opportunity after being healed.

"A week from this time, I discharged the hired girl, taking charge of

the household work, which I have continued with perfect ease. About four

weeks after my healing, had occasion to walk four miles, which I did

with little or no weariness. Let me add to the praise of God, that I

have no disease whatever. Am able to do more hard work with less

weariness, than at any other period in my life, and faith in the Lord is

the balm that made me whole."