“YOU WANT TO DO WHAT?!”

For nothing is impossible with God.
LUKE 1:37

I walked into the doctor’s office for my pre-op visit. The doctor came in and told me all about my arthroscopic knee surgery procedure. “So, doc, I have been told this is pretty routine,” I said. “If that is the case, I have a golf outing I am responsible for that is four days after the surgery. Is there any chance I would be able to play golf that soon?”
“Not a chance,” the doctor responded. “You need to let go of that idea. You will definitely not be able to play golf four days after surgery. It may be minor, but it is still surgery.” I was disappointed, but I eventually resigned myself to host my friend’s fiftieth surprise birthday celebration as a spectator. Nevertheless, having no shame, I prayed anyway that God would let me play.
 
The day of my surgery arrived. After the procedure, I was given my crutches and greeted in the recovery room by my wife, Angie. About 30 minutes later, she wheeled me out to the car. The next day I noticed that I had no soreness or discomfort. I questioned whether I had even had surgery. But the three incisions and the photographs assured me that it had taken place.
 
By that afternoon, I could put all my weight on my right leg without discomfort. I put away the crutches and began walking unaided. Then the doctor called from the hospital to inquire about my progress. Angie answered the phone. “Is he supposed to have soreness and pain from this procedure?” she inquired.
 
“Oh, yes. He should be pretty sore and experience some pain,” said the doctor.
“Well,” she said, “he has no pain and no soreness. He is walking like he has never had surgery!”
“That is hard to believe,” said the doctor. “In fact, that is incredible!”
 
The next day, I could go up and down steps with full weight on my right knee. Then, only four days after surgery, I played 18 holes of golf for my friend’s fiftieth birthday celebration. The day after the golf outing, I awoke with no soreness and no pain.
 
Do you need something special from God? As the apostle Paul said, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6-7). Nothing is impossible with God!

Hillman, O. (2011). Tgif: today god is first. Grand Rapids, MI: Revell.


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