A miracle unasked for

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I heard a story this past week, a story of God’s grace and goodness.  A story of a late night surgery, a tired surgeon who just wanted to get home

and a great, big God who intervened in an amazing way.

A friend’s son was experiencing severe abdominal pain, distention and was feeling very ill. A visit to the doctor confirmed what they had thought: appendicitis.

Of course, my friend quickly phoned and e-mailed friends far and wide, asking for prayer for her son who was to undergo surgery. And pray they did.

During the surgery to remove the appendix, the surgeon felt a need to explore a little further. He said later,  “there was no reason for me to continue. I had gone in to remove the appendix, I had done that, it was late and I wanted to get home.”  On the screen, a nurse involved in the surgery noticed something unusual and pointed it out to the surgeon. They found a piece of sharp plastic that the teen had swallowed, that had punctured his bowel, allowing leakage into the body cavity.

The surgery took longer than anticipated, and his family who waited were a little apprehensive about why a simple appendectomy had turned into a 3-hour ordeal for their son. But they just continued to pray and lift him up to God.

And this is how God answers: he causes an unbelieving surgeon to follow a “nudge” that he should look around a little further inside.

The surgeon, upon meeting with the family just after the surgery joked, “Well, it looks like the angels are lookin’ out for your son!”.  Little did he know how true that was!

The family was supposed to travel a 24-hour drive north for the summer, to their cabin in the wilderness, a place where excellent medical care was not close at hand.  Could you imagine what the consequences could have been? There are 1000 what-if’s. Thankfully, we don’t have to go there. Because our God, this God who cares so much for each one of us,  holds us tenderly in the palm of his hand, knowing everything.

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations forever and ever! Amen ”                                       Ephesians 3:20-21

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