I originally had wrote this after I arrived from the hospital and had sent it out so excited because I was so happy to be done with that pain! With all that joy and excitement I forgot to thank those who were my help in time of need, my earthly angles at my side no doubt indeed!!!
I was 4wheeling with my uncle, cousin, and brothers from church during our 4th of July Church Camp Meetings. We drove all the way around and stopped to relax overlooking the back side of the Truchas Peaks "Sangre De Cristo Mountains" which means "Blood of Christ". We were having a great time as always and had stayed out most of the day admiring Gods beautiful creation and having fellowship. A drizzle was coming down but began to pour hard off and on. We decided to head back to the cabins due to the rain. On our way back it began to rain so much that we couldn't see in front of us. To be exact there was 13 of us on this 4wheeling trip and we had to stop because we couldn't see in front of us in the storm. Thank God my uncle had this huge blue tarp which we all went under for shelter until the rain lightened. By this time my pants were soaked but I did not think much of it at all. The rain slowed down and we began our journey back to the my uncles cabins.
On our way back down the trail one of the brothers and his son were driving out looking for us on his Land Rover. At this time having not a clue that this would be my safe ride back to the cabins in an event that I believe not only changed me but a handful of faithful Brothers too! All was going well so they turned and followed us back.
Shortly after as I was driving home along side one of my buddies I suddenly felt the cramp creep its way in my left leg as I drove over a small bump on the trail. I applied the breaks slowly and gripped unto my leg as I told my friend and pastor and other brother from church which was behind us what was going on. To explain this: The spasm feels kind of like a bee sting, when it starts. You would think I'd be able to just straighten my leg fast enough so the pain would stop, but the pain travels throughout my leg so fast and the pain settles like a knot inside my knee causing my leg to tighten and position itself in a curled position, while my leg goes through strange sensations: seems like it's burning than I get numb.
I stayed on my RZR in this horrible position for 3.5 hours. My uncle and pastor and some brothers from the church were with me during this time trying to make me relax. While in this spasm when another person touches me or gets near me something strange happens because my body gets real nervous with another persons body temperature and it makes the spasm tighten and stiffen up more. Within those 3.5 hours it began to start getting dark and I had no choice but to let the brothers and my uncle help me out by holding my foot and massaging it. At this time I kept insisting "I was going to be fine, have faith". "I've been through this before, have faith please." They all said a prayer for me and trusted my word that I would make it out fine.
My Pastor Bro Manuel, Bro Gilbert, Bro David Martinez & Bro Leo all took turns holding my leg and kept it from going back into a curled position. My uncle David and Bro Matthew held my hands on their shoulders as I told them to slowly get in a standing position. I couched them all and they were so very gentle. Thank God for cell phone service because Bro Matthew was able to reach my dad (I told him to tell him everything was fine and I'll be ok, because I did not want him to worry). Sure enough my dad did what any loving parent would do. He decided to go look for us....
My uncle David insisted that they needed to get me into the Land Rover so it would be warm. By that time we were all drenched with water and it was dark and cold. I kept insisting that "I was going to walk out of here." As they lifted me up slowly I was able to reach for the roll cage bars and grip on firmly. I got so worn out it felt as if both my arms pulled out of my sockets!!!
Moments later my leg straightened out and had two pops but that last one had not come. The way these cramps have released in the passed is by pointing my toes towards myself (in a stretching position) and supporting it against something or anything within reach so it stretches until it goes through a series of 3 pops. I was pretty much straightened out but my whole body was in pain and cramping. I stuck my head out the back of the RZR and had the Brothers hold my leg as I slowly moved upward. "I was still saying have faith I'm ok, I'll be fine!", yet I was crying and telling God to help me. My uncle David did an amazing thing which at the moment I did not enjoy very much. He told me no matter how much I was crying and yelling at them, they had to get me out.
He and the brothers told me to trust them as they have been trusting me all this time. They pulled me out and I screamed so loud and cried the whole mountain probably heard me! They placed me in the vehicle very gently and Bro Gilbert held unto my leg in the back seat and distracted me from the pain by carrying a conversation which did indeed get my mind off the pain. Thank God Bro Matthew was such a good driver because I was so nervous of the bumps along the way. God truly had His hand in all of this...
It was raining so hard we had to stop along the way due to not being able to see the trail. My cousin Caleb was trying to cheer me up, bless his heart! He was telling me to think of skittles and my favorite color!!! Sweet kid!!! My dad met with us along the way and guided us back to my uncles cabins.
We arrived in no time and my mom was so worried yet relieved and happy to see me. I was so happy to be back but still in so much pain. My dad and the brothers helped stretch out my foot best they can in hopes that my leg would snap back into place. My dad and 2 other brothers took turns kneeling down holding my foot in place. Sister Jane was there and her and Bro Leo massaged my nerves on my leg to loosen up the tightness. My nerves were so stiff it felt like a metal rod. By that time my whole body was cramped up even more and my spine was getting achy too. My dad and mom massaged my back and had me do some proper breathing techniques because I started to get nervous and my whole body was shaking. They all were in prayer and my mom and dad did not leave my side. By this time it was already early morning and I was still in excruciating pain. They decided to call the ambulance (I did not want that to happen) and the medics came within 20 min and were very gentle thank God. I was blessed to be in such wonderful care!! I was admitted to the hospital and had wonderful staff taking care of me. My dad and mom stayed by my side and tried their best to keep me calm. I was put on muscle relaxers through IV, potassium and water because I was extremely dehydrated. They took x-rays but found nothing strange, and bones seemed fine. My left leg was placed in a leg brace so it would stay straight. Days passed and God sent an awesome nurse my way because he did such a unique massage on my nerves (which hurt a lot). I fell asleep and when I woke up the pain was gone!!! I was sent home with a walker. My muscle tone had decreased incredibly so it felt like learning how to walk all over again. (Two days later by the grace of God, I woke up in the middle to use the restroom finding myself with no walker for support! I've been off it ever since). I am now going to therapy twice a week for strength building which has been a blessing to me.
I honestly was expecting God to move in a miraculous way as if He would some how come on the scene himself in a mighty way where my cramp would have released out in the mountains without having to pop it back in place or without having to handle the pain. He did come on scene!!!! Perhaps not the the way I expected, but Our God never fails!!!!! He was there all the time. It was Him who kept me strong for 40 hours and continues to do so today!! I didn't understand at that moment: "weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." - Psalms 35. Bro Branham said: "If we're just put through a little safe tunnel to run through, there's no joy. The storms of life, what makes us have the joy." - The Ark - 55-0522. Thats so true!
My dad shared the story about the man in the flood. Im sure you are familiar with it. If not here it is...
A man was trapped in his house during a flood. He began praying to God to rescue him. He had a vision in his head of God's hand reaching down from heaven and lifting him to safety.
The water started to rise in his house. His neighbor urged him to leave and offered him a ride to safety. The man yelled back, "I am waiting for God to save me". The neighbor drove off in his pick-up truck.
The man continued to pray and hold on to his vision. As the water began rising in his house, he had to climb up to the roof.
A boat came by with some people heading for safe ground. They yelled at the man to grab a rope they were ready to throw and take him to safety. He told them that he was waiting for God to save him. They shook their heads and moved on.
The man continued to pray, believing with all his heart that he would be saved by God. The flood waters continued to rise. A helicopter flew by and a voice came over a loudspeaker offering to lower a ladder and take him off the roof. The man waved the helicopter away, shouting back that he was waiting for God to save him. The helicopter left.
The flooding water came over the roof and caught him up and swept him away. He drowned. When he reached heaven and asked, "God, Why did you not save me? I believed in you with all my heart. Why did you let me drown?" God replied, "I sent you a pick-up truck, a boat and a helicopter and you refused it all. What else could I possibly do for you?!"
Like the man in the flood, I had faith in God, but I wanted Him to save me the way I was expecting it. Remembering though, it's not by my own will but by His will!! He was the one who instructed and guided my Uncle David to get me out of the RZR. I did not understand than. But I do now. It all worked out for His glory! I realized later I was not the only one suffering. Everyone that helped me that night was sore and tired. "And sometimes you think that everything's going wrong. It's up to us. Those things are put upon us, trials and wonderings; it's testing to see how we will react on a action."
- Reproach For The Word - 62-1223. Just like I said in my other testimony we must know: "Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be people perfectly and fully developed with no defects, lacking in nothing." James 1:3-4
Above all I thank God for seeing me through this and my family for being very supportive and lifting me up in prayer. I want to thank each and everyone of you and the support you gave me and most of all your PRAYERS!!! I had a lot of believers praying for me!!!! This is the result of YOUR PRAYERS!!! I know this was a lengthy testimony but I pray it encouraged you and builds your faith more. This whole Summer God has been dealing with me in such a way I'd never expect. Praise be to His Holy name!! Thank you Jesus!! May His perfect will be done in each of your lives and mine! Keep serving Him!!! God bless you :)
And whether one member of the body suffers, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honored, all the members rejoice with it.
1 Corinthians 12:26
We are all in this together :)
- Confess your healing until you actually believe it!
Your Brother, Joshua Romero