Every Scar On My Skin
Is a beautiful reminder
Of a moment when I didn't give in
And I walked through fire
'Cause in the dark there is a light
Your truth it keeps on burning bright
Makes me brave to fight the fight
And shout the battle cry
Song: Warrior by Hannah Kerr
I had huge plans… enormous aspirations… the image I was going to capture was going to be one of my all time best… I had scouted the area…. I had found the perfect angle…. I new the perfect time…. I was over prepared for a simple firework display on the third of July.
I was very aware that my brother-in-law Rob Douglas was going to be having surgery on that day, but it was going to be done in plenty of time. It would be super easy to be there to support Kay, Ethan and Laurie, and still get up to the temple in Independence in time to get set up….
The day started just fine. We packed up out stuff for a long day in a waiting room, and headed to the hospital. We arrived at about 10:30 am. Kay and her kids were already there, so we went over and joined them. There was a lot of prep that needed to be done, and the surgery was scheduled to begin around 12:15 pm.
Around 11:30 am, they brought back people who wanted to see him one last time before the surgery. By this time, there were around 20 people in the waiting room. Not everyone went in, but many did. When the last person came out, the wait really began.
Kay received a call around 1:30 pm that the first incision had been made, and it would be somewhere between 3-5 hours for the surgery. Roger was there, and he helped Rob to surprise all those waiting by delivering Chick-fil-a to the waiting room and passing around cards of thanks and encouragement. Even in his suffering he was looking out for others. Perhaps I should reflect on this sometime…
As the hours went by, we started to become a little anxious. Around 5:00 pm Kay received another call from the nurse. Surgery was going well, but longer than expected. No concerns, just patience while they worked. By around 7:00 pm people were really getting a very anxious. Then Kay’s phone rang. The mass was out, and had been sent to pathology. Once pathology confirmed they removed all the cancer, then they could reconnect the colon and finish the surgery.
8:42 pm… The moment we had waited all day for. They doors to the operating rooms opened, and Dr Chua walked out. No phone call this time, a personal visit. The surgery was done. Rob was in recovery. Everything was as good as could be. He would be moved to a permanent room once he was out of anesthesia. We waited around with Kay for about another hour and then headed home.
What a great day. Thank you LORD for the wonderful work by the doctors and nurses. Thank you LORD for the recovery that will be good. Thank you LORD for watching over my brother-in-law Rob.
I feel ashamed to say that several times throughout the day, I wondered about, and even worried about seeing fireworks… How selfish of me was that. I was here to support, but was being distracted by worldly things. When I did find myself thinking about fireworks instead of Rob, I would turn my attention to listening to some Christian music, thinking and praying for healing, and brainstorming some ideas for upcoming blogs.
At one point during the day I remembered a lesson that Don Hesson led at our before school BIBLE study. The names of GOD. There are many of them in the BIBLE, but I was drawn to one. They one I should have been focused on ALL DAY.
Jehovah Rapha (I am YAHWEH who heals you.)
He said, “If you will carefully obey the LORD your GOD, do what is right in HIS eyes, pay attention to HIS commands, and keep all HIS statutes, I will not inflict any illnesses on you that I inflicted on the Egyptians. For I am YAHWEH who heals you.”
GOD is a GOD of healing. HE wants us to be healed through HIM. HE can do it miraculously. HE can do it through advice found in the scriptures. HE can do it by gifting others to work HIS will. There are many ways HE can heal us, we just have to remember that HE can, and that HE wants too!
Notice, however, that this statement starts with the word “if”. GOD also wants us to be involved in the process. HE wants us to follow his commands… HE wants us to have faith. HE wants us to trust in his power. Next time I’m requesting healing, or hoping for healing… I should remember my part in it.
1) DO AS HE SAYS
After HE said these things HE spit on the ground, made some mud from the saliva, and spread the mud on his eyes. “Go,” HE told him, “wash in the pool of Siloam” (which means “Sent”). So he left, washed, and came back seeing.
2) HAVE FAITH
A Centurion’s Faith
When JESUS entered Capernaum, a centurion came to HIM, pleading with HIM, “LORD my servant is lying at home paralyzed, in terrible agony!”
“I will come and heal him,” HE told him.
“LORD,” the centurion replied, “I am not worthy to have YOU come under my roof. But only say the word, and my servant will be cured. For I too am a man under authority, having soldiers under my command. I say to this one, ‘Go!’ and he goes; and to another, ‘Come!’ and he comes; and to my slave, ‘Do this!’ and he does it.”
Hearing this, JESUS was amazed and said to those following HIM, “I assure you: I have not found anyone in Israel with so great a faith! I tell you that many will come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Then JESUS told the centurion, “Go. As you have believed, let it be done for you.” And his servant was cured that very moment.
The prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will restore him to health; if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
These images are from the Smithville Lake display on July 4th. Not what was originally planned, but every bit as good.