Here is another story that
was related to me by a friend who had come to one of the retreats
at the ranch. This friend, Darrel R., is a good man and not given
to stretching or distorting the truth. He's a truck driver by
trade and he had discovered the ranch through a church that he
had been attending. A good number of this particular church body
had started coming to the retreats.
Darrel is a blessing to all of us when he comes. His joy of
the Lord and his childlike faith encourages everyone he is around.
He's not afraid to be openly honest with the Lord or to show
his love for Him. It's great to have people like Darrel around
when you start to worship. It doesn't take him long to go right
into abandoned worship. This is what the Holy Spirit is looking
for, those who will yield to His help in worshiping Father God.
I'm not saying this to build up a man, but rather to let you
know about the quality of the person who related this story to
me. He is one, who is not given to telling things that are not
so. Darrel is a person who I know, as a man that loves Jesus
with all of his heart.
If you have read the article about "The Touch", you
will understand even better why Darrel told me his story. It
was because I had just told him of my experience with "The
Touch", which then prompted him to share his experience.
If there is one thing I regret, it is that I haven't asked more
people about their experiences and then documented the things
that have happened here. Sometimes people are reluctant to share,
for reasons like I wrote about in "The Touch". Now
for Darrel's story.
These particular meetings were, once again, tremendously packed
with the presence of the Holy Ghost. People had been truly yielding
and singing in the Spirit with all their might. This led us into
High Worship, which led to the Holy Spirits' manifesting in many
different and unusual ways.
As a worship leader, it is part of my job to be aware of where
everyone is at in his or her point of worship. While we were
worshiping I looked around at the wonderful expressions on the
faces' as the Holy Spirit was moving. I remember seeing Darrel
in a rather odd and different looking physical position. He was
standing like everyone else with his arms lifted up, but his
hands were hanging down. I could tell he was being touched and
blessed so I didn't give it any more thought. It wouldn't be
until later, as he related this story, that I would recall seeing
him that way. In fact, it wasn't until after another meeting
later that night, before we ended up sharing.
Now the manifestation that
I had been having, I hadn't shared with anybody.
It had been almost a year, and I hadn't said anything to any
one, until I shared it with Darrel. I felt the Holy Spirit prompting
me to tell about it, so I simply told him what had been happening
with me. I won't tell it here because it is in the story of "The
Touch", and also because this is Darrel's story.
As I told him what had been happening, he got really excited,
and I could tell by the look on his face that he had something
of his own to tell. I could see that by my being willing to share
first, he then felt comfortable in letting it out. Here is what
"Man, in that last meeting I was having such a great
time worshiping the Lord and everything, but my arms got really
tired. I had them down at my sides for a while, but I continued
to worship. Then, all of a sudden, my hands started to float
up! It was like they had balloons on them! I couldn't feel any
weight at all! It was like the Lord was just raising them up.
So I kept on praising Him even more. It was really cool! I've
never had something like that happen before."
It was at this point when I recalled seeing his arms lifted
up but his hands just hanging there during worship. Now I was
excited! Now it made sense! The Holy Spirit was actually helping
him worship. Darrel continued, " But that's just what happened
this morning. Tonight it happened again, but this time I was
setting down. I had held my arms up so long and they got tired
again. All of a sudden my hands started to float up again, but
this time so did my feet! There I was setting in the chair with
both my hands and feet raised to the Lord!" I could tell
Darrel was completely in awe of the Lord right then.
Now we were both excited! The Lord had been giving a manifestation
to Darrel that was completely extraordinary. A true Sign that
God was there with him. It was something that I remember seeing
with my own eyes as well. I had seen him in the previous meeting
and also in the later meeting, and I Wondered
. what in
the world? But I knew he was worshiping and being blessed by
the Lord. So I simply thought, praise You Lord!
How great is our Lord who can participate with us in such unique
ways? Letting us know that He is in our midst. Showing us that
He loves us so much. Helping us in everything we'll let Him.
And manifesting Himself, even if He has to sweep us off our feet.