Travis the Tree Guy
We recently bought a house with large, overgrown trees crowding the perimeter of the back yard. One was close enough to threaten the house.
So we left a message for a tree guy we used once before.
About ten days later, he finally returned the call. He began by apologizing for the delay. He was unable to do anything for five days due to a terrible earache. This was the first day he felt well enough to get out of bed.
It surprised me that he went into so much detail about his ear issue. He said his ear still felt like it had concrete in it. He couldn’t hear a thing with it. After seeing four doctors, it still had not improved.
I gave him the address of our house. He just happened to be nearby, and I just happened to be at the house doing some work. He said he would stop by soon.
After I hung up the phone and got back to work, I couldn’t get his situation off my mind. I prayed for healing in his ear.
By the time he arrived, I was looking for an opportunity to pray for him in person. We walked around the yard to look at the trees. He gave us his bid and once again began to talk about his ear.
I said, “Why don’t we pray for you?” He was okay with that.
My husband prayed while I touched the area behind his ear.
This guy who climbs and cuts down giant trees for a living closed his eyes and bowed his head while we commanded all infection and infirmity to GO!
When we finished, he opened his eyes and said he had goose bumps all over. It was at least 90 degrees that day, so it wasn’t from the temperature!
While we prayed, he also said he felt a pop in his ear.
My husband said, “you can hear now, too, can’t you?”
He said, “yeah, I can!”
He told us he was baptized in a Baptist church when he was 8, but he later wandered off. Two years earlier he fell from a tall tree and nearly died. He pointed to the long scar on his leg.
We talked a bit more before he left. He thanked us for praying.
A couple of days later, I called to see when he could start the work. As soon as he realized who I was, he thanked me profusely for “what you did for me the other day.” I asked if his ear was feeling better. He said it was only a little stopped up but, “I can HEAR!“
After we talked about the work, he thanked me again.
A few weeks later, he told us he remembered a verse his mother told him, “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.” Matthew 18:20
He also told us how he got into drugs, lost his family, and went bankrupt. For the past year, he was diligently trying to rebuild his life.
His mother is still living, so I’m sure he told her about this experience. As a praying mother myself, I can imagine what an encouragement it was to her.
It was and is an encouragement to us, too. I wrote it down so I won’t forget.
Thank You, Lord, that Travis’ hearing is restored and for reminding him how much You still love him.