Michelle Shattuck from the Fresno area shared this testimony with us:
Michelle is an active athlete, who had never had heart problems until about three years ago, when her heart started beating rapidly and erratically during one of her exercising sessions. It was so out of control she couldn’t even take her pulse. It started happening frequently, every time she exercised, and it brought her heart rate up. She would take herself to the ER when it would happen. At the ER, they couldn’t tell what it was. That went on for two years. Episodes would last for 15 hours. She would have to put herself to bed, and when she awoke, she would be OK. They finally put her on a heart monitor and diagnosed her with atrio-fibrillation. They said, “You either have to have surgery or get on medication.” The medication would have been dangerous because it would have slowed her heart rate.
They went in with a catheter and put a little camera in and on a big screen they saw where electrically it was misfiring. They watched her blood flow through her aorta and in and out her valve. They cauterized it—heated it to a certain level and burned it. When it scarred up, it would find itself new pathways. They did that, and it didn’t work, and it took two weeks to recover from that. They told her to give it time and let her heart heal and they would go back in. She had a second surgery that didn’t work. She still had her episodes. They were more frequent but shorter. They would stop an hour or two later. That meant she was partially healed but not completely.
Over that two-year span, she’d been praying and asking God what He was teaching her through this. He took her through giving Him every area of her life 100%. She saw that she had offense and was holding on to unforgiveness. He showed her that, and she let go of all of it. After that, she said, “I love what I’m learning, Lord, but what about this physical problem?” He told her He had healed her and just to trust that. People had been praying that God would heal her and she knew that He had already healed her, and she wanted to believe that. So she asked people to pray for her faith that she would believe it. After her second surgery (Nov. 2010), she went to her doctor. He wanted to put her on medication because she had had two surgeries and was still having episodes.
She went to the Jesus Culture Encounter Conference in January 2011. She had not had an episode for three months because she was finally put on medicine (which was dangerous because it was slowing her heart down). She’d been seeking God and following him and learning. Her family brought two vanloads full of people with them. That Sunday, they stayed to attend the morning service. Towards the end, a pastor asked if anyone needed prayer for physical healing. She felt the Holy Spirit nudge her to go. She went up to a lady and told her that she wanted prayer to believe God more strongly for her healing. The lady prayed for that. Michelle said it was nice, but it wasn’t anything special. But then she felt the Holy Spirit come on her and drench her from head to toe, and she started to shake.
Then she experienced the fibrillation. Her heart started to race, and she thought, “God really has control over my heart.” It was obvious to her that He started it. She wasn’t afraid. She was at peace, knowing God was in control. Her eyes closed, she saw a picture of her heart fibrillating and pumping out of control. She saw the blood pumping through and it slowed down. She saw the blood pumping through and heard, “Your heart beats one with Mine.” He really had control of her heart because He started it, and He slowed it down. He gave her a vision and spoke to her. She said to the prayer servant, “He has control over every area of my life, and now I see He has control of my heart.”
She has two children (ten and seven), and her husband is a pilot who has to be away sometimes so she had had to tell her children to call 911 if anything happened. The whole family was trusting God together. She said that her healing will be instilled in her children forever, the knowledge that they can trust in God. Her seven-year-old was in the Sunday school here that weekend. She was up on stage with the microphone in her hand. The man leading said, “Who needs healing?” A little girl came up, and Michelle’s daughter laid hands on the other little girl, and her knee was healed.
Michelle went to the doctor two weeks later and told him she had not had an episode in three months. He said, “OK, let’s take you off medication and see what happens.” She was taken off medication in January and hasn’t had a problem since. Her doctor told her, “I guess you’re healed.”