Pastor Duane Miller was forced to prematurely retire because of a virus that penetrated the myelin sheath around the nerves in his vocal cords. His speech was reduced to a raspy whisper. Doctors said the vocal cords were beyond repair. Three laters something amazing happened.

Godwink #1

Some people call them coincidences; others call them serendipities. Some call them God’s connecting points or miracles. I like the term “Godwink.”

A Godwink is what some people would call an answered prayer, or simply an experience where you’d say, “Wow, what are the odds of that!”

I “happened upon” a remarkable account while preparing my Sunday message on the subject of healing. The story was from the life of a Texas pastor, Duane Miller. Duane shared his miraculous healing in a book called Out Of The Silence.

Godwink #2

I wanted to order copies of Duane’s book from his organization. I dialed the 1-800 number. The online click signaled that my call was being re-directed. I heard a puzzled voice answer, “Hello?” My call had been re-directed to Duane’s personal cell phone in Houston. He was as surprised as I was to have a conversation.

I had the pleasure of hearing Duane’s crystal clear voice as he recounted his story. In 1990 he prematurely retired from pastoring because of a virus that penetrated the myelin sheath around the nerves in his vocal cords. His speech was reduced to a raspy whisper.

Godwink #3

On Sunday January 17, 1993 he was asked to lead an adult Bible class. Teaching the class with a special microphone resting on his lips, he reaffirmed his belief in divine healing by referring to Psalm 103. Listening to the recording of that event, you can barely understand his weakly spoken, wheezy words. The miracle happened as he read verse 4, “…who redeems your life from the pit…”

He commented, “I have had and you have had in times past, pit experiences.”

On the word “pit” his life changed – the word was spoken as clear as a bell, in contrast to the imperfect enunciation of the preceding words. He paused, startled; began again and stopped. He said a few more words – all in a normal clear tone – and stopped again. The class erupted with shouts of joy, astonishment and sounds of weeping.

God completely healed him as he was declaring the truth in this psalm.

A Notable Miracle

Duane shared over the phone that more than 200 doctors were familiar with his case. His physician was the Head of Medicine at Baylor University. His was a well-documented miracle.

He has since appeared on Oprah, 100 Huntley Street and traveled the world sharing his story.

Godwink #4

Perhaps this post will be your Godwink. Do you need encouragement regarding your writing? Do you need a miracle of healing? Listen to Duane’s experience in 1993 as he received his miracle.

Miracles and Godwinks will happen to you.

APPLICATION: Please share a Godwink experience you’ve had in the comment section below. Thank you.


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Bob Jones

Bob Jones

Happily married to Jocelyn for 40 years. We have two adult sons, Cory and his wife Lynsey and their son Vinnie and daughter Jayda; Jean Marc and his wife Angie and their three daughters, Quinn, Lena and Annora. I love being a pastor and inspiring others through communicating, blogging, and coaching. I enjoy writing, running, reading, and ball hockey. I'm a fan of the Esks, Bruins, Celtics, Red Sox and Pats. Follow me on Twitter @bobjones49ers

3 Comments

  • Shannon Alexander says:

    Very cool Pastor Bob 🙂 I’ll have to check out his book.

    Sincerely,

    Shannon Alexander

  • adena says:

    We lost our 14 year old lab on July 1st. I still miss him daily. Getting outside to go for a walk has been a challenge without him. I wasn’t able to do it all summer by myself. I just had a block. I couldn’t leave the house out the side door. As time as my healer, I’ve pushed myself to go for walks all alone. Yesterday I walked past a house in our neighbourhood and out of the front door came running a golden retriever and a golden lab. Instantly I dropped to my knees and hugged and patted the dogs. The owner came over, we introduced ourselves, and began to chat. She told me that her friend had been recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and she could no longer look after the dogs. The neighbour took the dogs in to keep them together so that her friend could still visit the dogs. The story of this woman’s kind heart brought tears to my eyes as it reminded about the strong bond between dogs and humans. I knew this was God winking my way as if to say, “See, you’re not the only one who is hurting. I understand your grief. You’re not alone, nor crazy.”

  • Bob Jones says:

    Awesome experience Adena. Thanks for pulling back the curtain to show your hurt and your faith, love and hope.

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