God Would Heal My Rice Krispie Arm

The surgeon shook his head after Elaine Kaley’s elbow was shattered in a car crash but she believed God would heal her.

They were trying to untangle my crushed arm from the windshield wiper.

A beautiful September evening in Peterhead, Scotland, with the promise of fun and excitement, had turned into a loud crash, sirens, the feeling of warm blood running down my face and excruciating pain in my right arm.

Our little car had been travelling too fast. It careened across the narrow road and crashed through a travel trailer being pulled by a car travelling in the opposite direction.

I had smashed through the windshield. Seatbelts were not mandatory in those days.

God Was There

Shaking and in pain, a song we had sung in the praise convention just that week kept going through my mind as I lay by the road, waiting for the ambulance:

‘I am in HIS hands, so what have I to fear? I am in His hands, I feel Him ever near.

He guides my way, He is in COMPLETE control. I am in His hands.’

Returning home to Canada with a huge cast on my arm and my face battered, I felt acutely the stares and second glances from those passing by me.

My face was stitched in several places with cuts and bruises everywhere.  I barely recognized myself in the mirror.

I was someone who always felt less than. I would constantly compare myself to others and feel so imperfect. Glossy magazine covers and TV painted a picture of beauty that seemed impossible to attain.

Now, it seemed, God had allowed me to have a brief glimpse of the life of someone living with this, day after day. However, when that same praise song came into my mind, I felt a peace that went beyond understanding.

Surgery

Eight days after the accident, I was to have a bone taken from my hip and placed into my elbow. This, the surgeon said, would enable me to bend my arm again.

Ahead of the surgery, I picked up my Bible on my night table and randomly opened it to seek some assurance that all would be well.  I read in Mark 3: 1 – 6 where God healed the man with the withered hand.

This gave me comfort.

The next day, as I sleepily opened my eyes, the large hospital clock read 1:30 pm .

Only thirty minutes had passed since I had been given anaesthetics. I gently touched my leg.  My hip had not been touched.

Something had gone terribly wrong.

A Withered Arm and Hand

Back in my room, I was met with family and friends. Very matter of fact, the doctor explained that he was unable to repair my arm.

The elbow was badly crushed. He described it as looking like Rice Krispies. There was nothing to attach the bone from my hip to.  I would have a ‘withered arm and hand’.

He suggested pockets in my clothing to support my arm.

He would book me for physiotherapy to strengthen what muscles I still had.

Something within me began to stir. I felt it was God. I remembered what I had read the night before — how Jesus had healed the man with a withered hand.

Faith rose in my young heart. I knew that God would heal me.

Denial

During the next few days, social workers and others visited me, to help me ‘accept’ my diagnosis.

They thought I was in denial.

Yet, just five weeks later, I was back to work, typing and working full time.

Amazingly, an elbow had grown in.

The physiotherapist checked my x rays and said, ‘I don’t know where it came from, but, you do have an elbow.’

When I saw the surgeon after 6 weeks of physio, he had me do several rotations and movements with my arm. He just shook his head as he watched.

Finally, I broke the silence. ‘I told you God would heal me!’

He walked out of the room!

More Than Physical Healing

During all of this, I felt God speaking Psalms 139 to me:

‘You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Thy works and how well my soul knows it.’

I had accepted Him as my Lord and Saviour at a very young age but had always struggled with accepting myself.

He not only healed me physically but also emotionally.

He really loved me, just the way I was. And He wanted me to Love myself, just as I was.  I had a thankful heart, knowing He was in control.  

Elaine-Kaley-croppedElaine Kaley is a Registered Social Worker in the Province of New Brunswick, Canada. She has a Christian Counselling Practice in Fredericton N.B. She is married with two children and is blessed with four beautiful grandchildren.

“In my counselling practice, I have found being able to share stories or testimonies of my life experiences profoundly impacting. The times in our lives where God has changed and healed the hurts, pains and fears on our journey of life can encourage others to trust and turn to a God who cares about every detail of our lives”

 

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18 thoughts on “God Would Heal My Rice Krispie Arm

  1. I would have never known Elaine. I have always admired your beauty inside and out. I would love to hear your complete testimony someday. Hope you are enjoying your time away.

    1. Thank you Sharon. We all have a story and this is just a part of my journey. I am so thankful to my Heavenly Father for His consistent love and presence in my life. Blessings to you Sharon and the next time i share my testimony I will be sure to let you know.

  2. Thank you Elaine, for sharing your story of Faith. Your story confirms that if we put our trust in God, anything is possible. Blessings to you and your family.

    Barb Parker
    Grand Manan NB

    Author: “My Sister’s Journey From Headache to Heartache”
    “The Choice My Path My Destiny”

    True stories of Love, Faith, Prayer, Family, Healing, Forgiveness and more.

    1. So nice to hear from you Barb. I am so thankful that from an early age I was taught to put my trust in a loving Heavenly Father. Blessings to you and your family as well. I saw your mom in the grocery store the other day. She looks wonderful!

  3. Although I’ve never borne anything as physically painful as you have, I do have arthritis and it can be noticeable if I’m uncomfortable. Many people have been encouraged by what they see as a lack of complaining–and a joyfulness–in the midst of discomfort. I also think it has been good for our children. They not only see that I do not complain, but they have learned to help me with tasks such as unlocking doors that are easy for them but hard for me. And God has certainly made the discomfort–I wouldn’t call it pain–entirely bearable.
    “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28 (NIV)

    1. God is good..all the time and He does work all things for our good. Blessings to you and your family.

  4. We serve an amazing God and your testimony, Elaine, will help someone else who needs healing. We can put our faith and trust in Him because He does answer our prayers. What is impossible for man is always possible for God.

    1. All things are possible with God! Thank you for taking the time to read this very life changing experience in my life. Our heavenly father is faithful and I pray this writing will increase your faith and others you reach out to in times of need. Blessings to you and your family.

  5. Just reading this testimony. I’ve known Elaine longer than we’ve been friends which started in June of 1981 when we travelled across eastern Canada together during Salute to Canada where each day during that month “100 Huntley Street” was done live-to-air in various cities that month. Elaine and her husband, Alden, joined in travelling on a part of that tour, and that’s really where our friendship began. That would have been 33 years ago, and this is the first time I’ve known of her being healed in this way. A healing such as that is one that I’m sure she has continued to be thankful for throughout the years since this miracle happened. God is faithful!

    1. Hey Val…I can hardly believe we have never talked about this! This was and continues to be a life changing experience for me. Love you and our “longtime” friendship. God is good..all the time!

  6. I remember this. I was a member at First Pentecostal Church, in Fredericton, NB when it happened……:)

    1. Hi Grant. That was a long time ago …. Many wonderful memories from that little white church. Pray you are doing well. Blessings!

  7. Thank you Elaine. Your testimony is very moving. It’s so uplifting to hear about modern day miracles. I know many people who need the Lord’s touch in their lives. There is hope! God bless you.

    Butch Cole

    1. Thank you Butch. This was a life changing experience for me. As a young girl, god made His miraculous power real to me. I am forever grateful. Blessings to you and your beautiful wife and family.

  8. Wonderful testimony!!! Just last night I shared my testimony of my experience with breast cancer & how God came through for me. The faithfulness of God never ceases to amaze me. Thank you for sharing & God Bless!!

    1. Hi Rosalind: So happy to hear you are doing well and God brought you through this health challenge. I am so thankful we serve a God who we can trust in both good and bad times. We are “in His hands” so what have we to fear! Blessings for continued health and happiness. He is faithful!

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