Miracle in Montreal – Part 5

written by Tim Knapp on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 1:38am

1:10 AM – Lisa’s Room

Well, Lisa’s journey to wholeness has begun, and it will be a process. It may be a long one. While I would love to wave a magic wand or raise my hands to the sky and declare instant wholeness, life doesn’t often seem to work that way. It doesn’t for a moment take away from the miraculous nature of the work that God is doing. Who ever said that miracles have to be instantaneous? In fact, more details are coming to light about just how miraculous Lisa’s surgery was! (But more about that later.)

Lisa has spent most of the time since her surgery sleeping (a merciful side effect of pain medication). When she has been awake, most of her time has been spent either cooperating with the poking and proding of nurses or trying to get comfortable so that she can get BACK to sleep!

Lisa’s body is still reeling from the surgery. A little medical information for you: When major surgery is performed on the intestines, the shock of the operation causes the digestive system to literally shut down, and it takes several days for it to wake back up and begin to function again. Until it begins to sputter back to life (and I do mean ‘sputter’), Lisa cannot eat or drink anything. Lisa’s intestines are still asleep.

If you know Lisa, you will understand when I tell you that she is not altogether pleased with the pace of her progress! She is a little frustrated with (in her opinion) her slow recovery. Of course, for those of us not in her slippers, we recognize that it is a little much to expect to be performing cartwheels three days after such an extensive surgery. She IS making phenomenal progress (even having gone for a couple of short, assisted walks), and things are healing as they should be to this point. But she wants to get the show on the road.

I think that a lot of us are just like Lisa.

Some of us are like Lisa before her surgery, going through life with a chronic debilitating illness. We don’t like it being there, but we can’t imagine life without it and we’re not sure we can believe for the miracle that it would take to be free of it. If that is you, I pray that you would take courage from Lisa’s story and that you would dare to believe that God can do in you what He is doing in Lisa.

Some of us are under the knife. We are being cut and reassembled and stitched back together. It is a painful process, and like Lisa’s sleeping stomach we don’t know if we’ll ever be able to function again. But the Master surgeon knows what He is doing and we must trust not only in His skill, but in His loving intentions for us. Trust Him. He is stitching a miracle.

And some of us are on the slow road to recovery. We have felt the hand of God in our lives. We have seen His wonders. We know that He is working miracles. But we are confused by His methods and we are most certainly perplexed by His timing. This is where I am. God has done and (obviously) IS doing amazing things in my life. The wonders He is performing in my heart; the revolution that is taking place in my family; the doors of influence that He is opening up for me, all point to the miraculous, extravagant love of my heavenly Father. But for the life of me, I have NO CLUE where it is leading and why it is taking so long to get there! As I looked at Lisa and her frustration today, it all began to make sense. Lisa cannot see her progress because she is too close to it. She cannot see the big picture because she is stuck in the middle of it. At the end of the day, the doctor’s instructions for Lisa are pretty simple: “Just relax and do everything that I tell you to do. Trust me.” He has done this before and his instructions will lead the way to restoration.

One of Lisa’s favorite verses is most appropriate:

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

It will be hard at times, but I know that in the end Lisa will follow her physician’s instructions. And so will I.


Continue to Miracle in Montreal – Part 6


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