I had only met my doctor 6 days prior to him operating on my spine. I didn’t pick him–I was assigned to him, like most patients, I guess, when there is a referral from another doctor. After speaking with him and arranging the surgery, I was instructed to stop at the desk and fill out some paper work. That’s when I first heard 106.9 radio on in the background. It wasn’t music playing…it was Chip Ingram speaking on Ishmael.
“Someone in this office must be a Christian,” I said.
Two women turned around.
“We both are.”
“I’m a Christian too. Do you happen to know if doctor Moody is?”
First prayer answered. I was assigned to a Christian.
After the surgery, Dr. Moody spoke to my husband. Alan, stood to shake his hand and said, “God bless you.”
“God gets all the glory,” responded Dr. moody.
The next morning Dr. Moody came in to discharge me.
“You had to have been the most prayed for doctor in all of Asheville yesterday if not in all of North Carolina. I had over 300 messages of prayers going up.”
His response touched me. He didn’t just say okay or thank you. He said, “I felt them.”
The doctor felt them. He felt your prayers for us.
Praise the Lord, O my soul. O Lord my God, you are very great: You are clothed with splendor and majesty.
Nurse Mark prepared me for surgery. We talked…a lot. What began as educational topics led to home schooling, which led to church. I was glad to see my pastor from Biltmore Baptist East, James Myers, come to visit. Mark had questions about the different translations of the Bible. Pastor Myers and Mark discussed Galatians. We both invited him to our church. Another nurse came in with a gold cross necklace around her neck. I asked if she had seen the movie, God’s Not Dead yet. A quick diversion from my blood pressure and blood tests led to looking up the stars of this movie and a quick look at the movie trailer on the laptop. Both said they were planning to see the movie now.
And that’s not all! Mark noticed that my hear rate hovered around 58-65 which was very low for someone getting ready to go into back surgery.
“You are calm and peaceful,” he noted.
I will sing to the Lord of my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. May my meditation be pleasing to Him, as I rejoice in the Lord.
Two of my girlfriends, Ann and Starsky, found their way to my pre-op room and stayed with me. And Teresa, a high school friend that I hadn’t seen in 34 years greeted me with hugs and prayers! She was also a nurse working on another floor. Additionally, friends shared their own encouraging testimonials as to the success of their loved ones’ operation under the care of Dr. Moody.
At the appointed time the anesthesiologist gave me the drugs to put me to sleep and then wheeled me to the operating room. The anesthesiologist was a nice man, a funny man, who kept telling me to have happy thoughts. Then he came at me with the oxygen mask. Regardless of my time being short for only a few words, I DID have the last word.
“Are you saying I have to go to sleep now?” I asked.
“No, no, no, only when you are ready. Think happy thoughts.”
Then he quoted something from Budda and again came at me with the oxygen mask. Once more I said, “Are you saying it’s time to go to sleep?”
He laughed. “When you are ready…just think good thoughts.”
“God is so good.
God. Is. So. Good.
I had the last word. I had my happy thoughts. From the beginning to the end God was with me and His promises in me.
This is the power and the result of your prayer.
Fear of the unknown could have taken over but as I reflect on the sequence of events I’m amazed at how what we listen to or wear can bring peace to a person and cause them to feel God’s presence. From the radio station to the gold cross, I was surrounded.
Surrounded with everything good. And everything God. Not even Budda had the last thought.
I was reading something by Joni Eareckson Tada. Here’s an excerpt:
“We make God happy when we showcase Jesus in our lives. We make God happy when we reflect to those around us any attribute or character quality of Jesus. When by God’s grace we remain patient, resist temptation, offer a smile, bless a child, sit silent, meet a need, sign a hymn, repeat a Scripture, praise the Father, give the gospel, work faithfully, feed the starving, help a neighbor. We are making God happy. How so? We are making more explicit the character of God to those around us.”
Simply put, from the first sound of the radio, to the cross necklace, to the ability to voice the final happy thoughts, the encouraging words … all evidence that your precious prayers were heard and answered. God is indeed around us. God is happy with the way we show our love and need for Jesus.
I will be recuperating at home for the next 8 weeks. I would love to pray for you. Please reply to this post with your prayer needs.