and the Medicine of Faith
I think we have
all experienced meeting someone whom we felt destined to meet. I
call these sacred appointments, and sometimes I pray for them. I
got this idea from Bruce Wilkinsons book The Prayer of Jabez.
In fact, that is how I met Aidans family at St. Jude (www.caringbridge.com/ky/aidan)
On my trip down
to Georgia last week, I found that I was a little uncomfortable
with the thought of flying down to Georgia. I decided to displace
my fears about flying, by asking God to use me in some way on the
trip. Then, I actually started to look forward to my flight because
I fully expected to meet someone who could use listening ear or
inspiration. I have to admit that I was incredibly disappointed
when the gentleman sitting next to me on the flight down to Georgia
buried his head into a paper and never spoke a word to me! Oh well,
I figured God had something or someone else in mind.
Little did I
know that my sacred appointment was actually scheduled for my return
flight. I sat next to a very friendly gentleman who was an oncologist
and who had lost his wife to pancreatic cancer 9 months ago. Obviously,
we had a lot to talk about, including the difficulty watching our
loved ones suffer, compassionate medicine, and life without our
loves. I enjoyed our conversation, and I know that he appreciated
someone to talk to because his life seems very lonely. He shared
the following story with me that I thought I would share with you.
One of his patients
is a Mennonite Farmer who is very poor making roughly $9000 a year.
The farmer was diagnosed with cancer and was given only 6 months
to live. Despite the poor prognosis, the farmer pursued treatment
for his cancer, and the doctor obliged. The doctor was criticized
by his colleagues for the treatment he gave the farmer. They saw
little reason to treat the cancer when there was little chance it
would do any good and no chance the patient would live. But the
doctor told one of his colleagues, It is going to work because
I believe it will work and this guy (the farmer) believes it will
work! The key here is the belief that the doctor and the farmer
share is the belief in the healing power of God. Actually as you
will read, it goes a step beyond just the healing power of God.
In the 3 years
since the farmers diagnosis, the farmer has been able to secure
another farm where he has built a warehouse that is used to collect
and store missionary supplies used in missions around the world.
The farmer was able to do this despite his cancer, despite his poor
prognosis, and despite the fact that he had no money!!!
What an amazing
farmer! What an amazing doctor! What an amazing God!!!
God can work
miracles through you. I encourage you to pray for a sacred appointment.
Ask God to use you. Be amazed at who God brings into your life and
be amazed by what God can do through you if you are willing to accept
God can, do
exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according
to the power that works in us. Ephesians 3:20
something large enough that failure is guaranteed
steps in. Bruce Wilkinson
you would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand
would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil, that I may
not cause pain. Amen.
- I Chronicles
4:10 (The Prayer of Jabez)