Modern Medicine Or Ancient Teaching?

Thursday, November 17, 2016
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Genesis 2:7 – The Lord God formed man out of the clay of the ground and blew into his nostrils the breath of life, and so man became a living being. (NAB)

John 9:6-7 – When he had thus spoken, he spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and he anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay, and said unto him, Go, wash in the pool of Siloam, (which is by interpretation, Sent.) He went his way therefore, and washed, and came seeing. (KJV)

In November five years ago, these two Scriptures took on a tremendous significance for me. I love reading the story of Jesus healing the blind man by putting clay on the blind man's eyes. I read this story as Jesus placing the substance of man (clay) on the substance of man (clay) to heal his blindness.

I remember that five years ago, I heard it said that the miracle that we need in our life is just one person or one place away. I believe that to be true, as it is exactly what happened to me.

In the spring of 2011, my vision was rapidly failing, and I was in danger of becoming blind. On the Saturday before Easter, I was at church decorating with lilies as I had done for many years, but my crew of helpers was a new crew. After we finished decorating, one of the helpers said to me, "I saw the eye doctor yesterday, and he said that there is a new surgery for people suffering from the eye disease that you and I have, but I don't need the surgery just yet." I asked her, "What surgery and what doctor?" I knew nothing of this new treatment, but within two weeks' time, I was being examined by the physician recommended to me. He said the most beautiful words that I have ever heard: "I can help you." Then he told me that it was a good thing that I had come when I did, because if I had waited any longer, the surgery wouldn't have helped.

My vision was restored in November after I had had four eye surgeries over a period of six months that year. Each November, I re-read today's Scriptures, thinking of Jesus healing the blind man so many years ago, and I praise God for the miracle of restored vision.

How was my eyesight saved? Donor tissue was placed on my eyes (the substance of man on the substance of man – tissue on tissue).

For me, the restoration of my eyesight is both a modern medical miracle and a reflection of the way that Jesus healed the blind man. I know that God led me to this doctor so that the surgeries could be done on my eyes at just the right time to restore my vision.

Perhaps the miracle that you need in your life is just one person or one place away.

Prayer: We thank You, Father, for our gifted physicians, for the miracles of modern medicine, and for Your miracles of healing. It is in the holy name of Jesus, the Great Physician, that we pray. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Your miracle is one person away.

    A great story of encouragement Judith. Thanks for sharing.

    So true! God is Jehovah-Raphah, the healer and He does it in many ways, in His time and place.

    I pray for your continued good eyesight. A very encoraging story. May God continue to bless you.

    Thank you, Judith, for sharing your experience with us. God is so good to provide us healing through modern medicine. I’ve been through multiple eye surgeries as well so I can relate to your experience. Blessings.

    Judith – thank you so much for today’s devotional. Praise God for restoring your sight and leading you to write about the incident. I love your slogan that your miracle may only be one step away. Keep writing.

    Dear Judith:
    What a wonderful story!! Praise God indeed. My Mom was blind due to macular degeneration. I am so happy for you. May God continue to bless you.

    Dear Judith,
    I thank God with you that your eyesight was made so much better!
    I’m glad your are thanking him too, and I pray that your eyes will retain the better vision for as long as you need it!.
    Keep writing.

    Hello Judith,
    What an amazing story of God’s Providence and your faithfulness, it lifted my heart this morning.
    You’re also a good writer, your devotional reads like a comforting story.
    Blessings on your day and life.

    Dear Judith!
    Thank you for writing to us.
    What a hope inspiring statement; the miracle I/you need is just one person or one place away.
    I imagine our Good Shepherd leading us step by step to that next person or place.
    Be encouraged in your well doing and writing.

    We do indeed serve an awesome God. It is His glory to heal His people, and we bring glory to His Name by telling others all that He has done for us.
    What a wonderful demonstration of His ‘right timing’ and His power in our lives. Bless you for sharing this experience of His precious Presence in your life! God bless.

    Thank you for today’s devotional Judith. The miracles provided by gifted physicians with God’s help are endless and wonderful; in many cases though, such as yours, someone who died gifts tissues and/or organs that enable the physicians to provide these miracles giving another the gift of sight, of life and limb. Please do not read this as a criticism, the thought occurred to me that there was no mention of that ultimate gift, which may strike a cord with someone reading this whose family member has died and was an organ donator. You are such a good writer.
    Keep up your good work.

    Hello Judith
    Your story is more than serendipity it is the Holy Spirit at work in our lives. You were truly blessed.
    I shall hold onto your statement that “Perhaps the miracle that you need in your life is just one person or one place away.” Yesterday, after many weeks of searching for a new location for our food bank that has been given notice to vacate, a person who unexpectedly accompanied a social worker who was visiting us offered us hope. She knows of a building that may be available. God is good.
    Thank you for telling your story on PresbyCan.


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