Amanda’s Story

Here is the testimony of my marathon experience. I have attached a photograph of Japanese runner Makoto Takeuchi. This was taken by the Mental Health Foundation photographer at mile 18.

I was training for the London Marathon this year, my very first marathon, when I ran into injury. My back seized up three and a half weeks before the start date and I could not run at all. I was in a good deal of discomfort and pain. This was a real worry, as I not only wanted to fulfil a lifelong dream, but I had pledged to raise £1700 for charity and I feared that I would let them down. I went to the Healing Rooms @ Costa Coffee in Congleton for prayer. Veronica, who prayed for me, said that she believed that there would be a supernatural cushioning on my back and that Jesus would run with me all the way. Sure enough, miraculously I ran the 26.2 miles with no back problems and felt God’s presence with every step. It was amazing. To top it all, as I crossed the finish line, I looked up to see a guy dressed as Jesus crossing the line just in front of me! What a sense of humour God has! 39,000 people completed the marathon that day and I cross with someone dressed as him. It was as if Jesus said “There you are, told you I’d be with you all the way around!” I have to say that in all my years as a Christian, God never ceases to amaze me. As an extra blessing, I discovered that I’d made it into the ‘one in a million club’. I am the 999,434th runner, to have crossed the line since the marathon began in 1981!! Thanks Lord!!

Hope this will be a blessing to someone.
Amanda