Thursday, August 18, 2011

Miracle Man

I believe in miracles. I believe that sometimes people are miraculously healed. I also believe that sometimes healing comes in other ways. Mine came in the form of a gentle, soft spoken surgeon, who looked me in the eye and said, "You must have this operation."

I had been to others over the years - ones who left the choice to me. I had also seen what scoliosis surgery involved. The surgical instruments looked unsettlingly like the tools my husband had in his shop, and I always decided I'd just wait.

So that day in Dr. Sanders office I said, "I need someone to tell me what to do." And he did. The curve in my back had progressed to the point of threatening my pulmonary function and my heart. If nothing was done, the prognosis wasn't good.

My fifty-first birthday was an eventful one. I slept through most of it as Dr. Sanders and his team painstakingly inserted three rods into my back, re-sectioned the ribs on my right side, and put me all back together again. Several months later I was walking around with a not perfect, but much improved back.

The day before my surgery, Dr. Sanders checked me over one more time. Before I left his office he said, "I'm going to church tonight, and I'll be praying for you." I felt such a sense of peace and gratitude.

I saw Dr. Sanders this morning. I go once a year just to make sure everything is still where it's supposed to be. It will be the last time I see him as his patient. He is now seventy-nine years old and will be retiring at the end of the month. He is such a kind, dear man. I reluctantly said good-by when the exam was over and then walked over and gave him a hug. He kissed me on the cheek.

He is the miracle the Father used to heal my poor, sick back.

linking to Emily's imperfect prose



  1. I'm so thankful for surgeons like Dr. Sanders. And I'm so glad he was the one God chose for you, Linda. So grateful for the restoration of your body and for good medical care.

    Love to you this day, friend. I miss you! Life has been super busy but the big yellow school bus came today so perhaps they will settle soon.

  2. Oh, Linda!
    This is truly beautiful!!!!
    You made my heart sigh with joy.
    Thank you so much for sharing!!!

  3. I'm glad you received a good
    report today from your kind
    doctor. If only all were as
    kind as he sounds. Yes, God
    heals in many ways, and
    aren't we fortunate that He

  4. Knowing a doctor prays before surgery would be encouraging. And one who will spend time with you, explaining things, is a good thing. It would seem now that we're just in and out as fast as possible. Thank you for sharing this with us, and glad you're doing well.

  5. What a dear sweet man. To be prayed for by your Dr. would be such gift.

  6. I am so happy you found your miracle man Linda. A gift from above. We also know of those miracles sent through surgeon hands. A blessing for sure!

  7. Hi Linda!
    That's quite a story! What a wonderful doctor... with a heart for God. A perfect blend of the Healer and a healer!
    So glad you are well too!
    We do have amazing medicine and surgeries these days!
    God bless you always, dear Linda!

  8. A praying doctor---what a blessing!
    So glad you found one and God used him to heal your back.

  9. Linda, I don't believe it was an accident that Luke, a physician, was the writer of two books of the New Testament. A praying doctor is truly God-sent to help His people.

    What a beautiful story, and what beautiful memories despite the physical pain!

  10. dear linda, i'm so grateful he fixed you... what a lovely, humble man... that he went to church and prayed for you, that is the sign of a truly godly doctor. a beautiful post friend. xo

  11. There are so many things we fail to see that are simply God in our lives. Thanks for the reminder with this tender story of a faithful surgeon who knew what you needed to hear and how you needed his prayers. Too many times we fail to see God using doctors, and they are a part of his plan, also. Hugs from Louisiana! Love, Christie