"I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you."
This story comes just from this week! Many of you know that I have been on a journey with some health challenges recently. It started 4 months ago when I found a lump in my breast. When I found the lump, I called my OB and they got me in the very next day but the trick was that my OB was not available, I would need to see another in the same practice. That was fine with me and I saw this new doctor the next day. I liked her and she asked if I would be ok with her dealing with my file because the other doctor was on vacation and we needed to get to the bottom of what was going on. No problem! So she made some calls about the lump and then we talked about some abdominal pain I had been having. She was sure that it was Endometriosis and put me on some medication. We dealt with the lump which turned out to be just some funky tissue and I set my appointment to come back a few months later about the other pain. Well, the other pain continued to get worse and worse and finally I came in for an emergency appointment. She again was pretty sure of what it was but the only way to diagnose it for sure was laparoscopic surgery. Last Tuesday I had that surgery. Here's what we found and the amazing thing that God did. There was not a speck of Ednometriosis there (huge praise)...but what she DID find that never would have been found otherwise was the rarest from of a hernia! It is a very complicated one and the surgery will be "delicate and rare" (in her words)...but what happened next just floored me.
She sat back and said, " I haven't seen one of these in years but you are in luck, I have done more of these surgeries than anyone else in the State! I was a Navy OB and saw this a lot with women who really athletically taxed their bodies." Do you see it? What the Lord has done? Way before anyone knew what was going on in my body, He made a way for me to wind up on the caseload of the very doctor who has the most experience IN THE WHOLE STATE!!!!!!!
Then, just for icing on the cake, as we were talking we found out that her son goes to the same Christian school as our kids! AND today there was a community wide church service where all of the churches in the area got together to worship and who was standing just a few feet away from us praising God? The very OB that God had led me to!!!!!!!
I am just in awe...in awe that He cares enough about me to lead me to the expert I need for something only He could know. In awe that His thoughts for me outnumber the grains of sand, in awe that even though this is a time of pain and feeling weak and scared, He carries me, reminds me, shows me that He is there.
I will put my medical bracelet from surgery in my Memorial Box gladly as a reminder that He sees even what I cannot and I can trust Him.
Linny has even more Memorial Box stories over her way. They are becoming my favorite thing to read each week. Go and check them out!!!!!