A shout out today to all of those men and women who have given their lives to the Hippocratic oath and who serve fellow human beings with the tender care of medical expertise.
Ivy is doing an internship in the Greenville Memorial Hospital System down in South Carolina this summer. She has told me some very interesting stories of her experiences and the kind input that the nurses and doctors have offered her throughout her time there. She’s found her niche, she thinks, and her future success as a nurse will be due to her hard work and the investment that others are making in her. As she excels in her field, others will benefit from her care and have cause to thank God for his grace.
At the present, I am stunned just having returned from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. There I witnessed the skill of nurses and doctors who performed brain surgery on Jimmy Rider. The idea that common grace has afforded a way for humanity to drill a hole in somebody’s skull, insert probing wires into a “sweet spot” in the brain, add a little electrical impulse and effectively cure a middle aged man of tremors is, well, mind boggling (no pun intended!). For such an invasive surgery, my hat goes off not only to medical staff but also to the first human guinea pig who had the surgery performed on him or her. In not too many weeks, Brenda will go through a similar procedure in her heart. Here’s hoping and praying for a successful outcome for her as well. But right now I just can’t get over the fact that they can actually DO this stuff.
As Jimmy was going through his surgery, I was reading through the Psalms and came upon Psalm 139.
Psalm 139:14 (ESV)
14I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
I was gladdened to see Keith Koch, a research scientist who also works down at Anschutz and who came to visit Sandy, Krista, and Taylor there in the waiting room and offer encouragement as they waited for news from the doctors. I thought of Ivy, Brenda, Jimmy, Shaun and so many others in our church family who have had recent surgeries or who work in the medical profession. I prayed through our membership list and thanked God for each of you.
I have always believed that we are made in fearful and wonderful ways by the good hand of our Creator. But after watching Jimmy’s post-surgery steady hands, I realize it a little bit better now than I have ever before. In a sense, I could echo the Psalmist’s sentiments when he said, “my soul knows it very well.”
So many thanks to God and to those made in his image who are given over to the physical care of those made in his image. May God bless you richly for Jesus’s sake.