Psalm 37:23-24, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD, And He delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; For the LORD upholds him with His hand.”
Jeremiah 29:11-14a, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back from your captivity.”
I put the title, OUR Miracle Worker rather than My Miracle Worker because when God does something for one of His children, part of His plan is for the Glory to go to Himself. All His children thus get to share in glorifying our Heavenly Father!
In July of this year, it will be 8 years since we moved from Arizona to Colorado to be near our adult kids and their family. For a while, at the minimum, a couple of years before we moved, my wife had suffered with something which our family doctor didn’t seem to be able to diagnose and I wasn’t doing so well either. Now understand, he was a very well-liked and thought of doctor in a family practice, but according to other patients, his practice had gotten so big, they often complained of not having enough time with him. Seems like that is a common malady in this day and age.
Anyway, we moved to Colorado, and I had occasion to go to the emergency room of our local hospital and since we just moved and didn’t have a family or primary physician, one was recommended to us. He was a young man who had been practicing in our community just a short time, but was highly recommended. I followed up with him. That was the first apparent miracle. With my follow-up, I was able to ask about Sue getting an appointment and there was no problem, they were glad to see her.
In her very first exam, when she relayed her symptoms to him and told him of the problems in figuring out her condition, he immediately recommended she see the local oncologist, the cancer specialist. This new doctor told my wife that he suspected she had a form of leukemia but it would take the oncologist to determine that for sure and if so, what kind she had.
That, despite appearances, or what we were hearing, was the second miracle! The oncologist told her in fact she DID have leukemia, CML, Chronic Myeloid Leukemia, a form that is comparably rare in adults. It can be treated in most people, but there is usually no hope of remission with this type of cancer. Once a medication is found, they usually have to take it to prolong their lives.
Okay, we trusted God and would deal with it. It was a miracle that right off the bat, the first exam and our new primary doctor suspected what it was. The medication was another story. It was approximately 12,000 dollars, yes, twelve-thousand dollars for a months supply and it was a fairly new medication. Her oncologist wanted to try her on it. He found help due to our financial situation where we didn’t have to pay a penny for it. That was the third miracle!
After her first check-up upon taking the medication, her blood work was exceptional and the doctor continued her on it. Every blood test she has had for the last seven years has been perfect. More than once her doctors have told her she is a walking miracle and a poster-child for this new medication. Seven years; can you say miracle number four!
Her check-up just the other day, the interim doctor who was filling in for her regular oncologist informed her that she had looked over her blood work going back the full seven-plus years, more than once. The reason was, and this doctor was new to my wife, she appeared to be in remission. This was the first time this doctor, according to what she told Sue, that she had ever witnessed remission in this type of Leukemia though she had heard of it rarely! Miracle number five!
My wife, for the time being, no longer has to take that expensive, time-sensitive, medication, though she will still be monitored every so many months. This was an answer to my wife’s prayers. The regimen for this medication is very strict, time-wise and it isn’t always convenient, so this is like regained freedom for her.
Now, to my Brothers and Sisters in Christ; this tells me one thing I have been saying for so long in my teachings; no matter how things and circumstances look, God Almighty, OUR Heavenly Father is always, ALWAYS, in control! When we truly surrender to Him, surrender not just our wills, but our lives and follow Him daily, He is in control of our destinies, of the next steps we take.
Sue and I have always believed for many, many years now, that when we put our lives in God’s hands, He is the One and the ONLY One Who will determine when our work “is finished.” That applies to every one of His children! If God is to receive the Glory, Exaltation and Honor in our lives it has to be on His terms; He has to be the One in control!
When my wife prayed, she wasn’t necessarily praying for a healing or remission, she was praying for a way to alleviate the burden of taking this strictly regimented medication. Our Heavenly Father chose the method to accomplish that and it surprised even the doctors! We give God, our Father ALL the praise and Glory for it is Him Who deserves it all!
It is the same spiritual principle with each and every one of us who claims Christ Jesus as our Redeemer and through Him, God as our Heavenly Father. When we are totally surrendered to Him, our wills AND our lives, it does not matter what the world sees or what circumstances appear to be, the truth of the matter is, that God IS in control and will be as long as we are surrendered to Him. He will decide when to call us home or when to extend our “work-visas” as it were. Understanding and walking in this is what TRUE faith is and this is why faith such as this is just one of the things that PLEASES God Almighty! (Hebrews 11:6).
I’m going to tell you something that might make some of you upset because of the way you have been led to believe, but this circumstance had nothing to do with positive thoughts, thinking or repeating a set of Scriptures over and over. God’s will being accomplished in His children’s lives never does depend on those things. God’s will is accomplished because it is God’s plan and His grace to do so for HIS Glory and nothing else. It is how you DEAL with a circumstance that determines whether you are walking in faith.
Let me ask you this question; can you STILL walk in faith, believing and trusting in God’s perfect will for YOUR life, even if a circumstance doesn’t change? Can you trust and believe in ANY circumstance that God has the perfect plan for YOUR life? If you can answer yes, then THAT is walking in faith, no matter what other religious fad or false teaching is out there saying.
Believe and then KNOW through experience that God is ALWAYS in control in ALL circumstances and live life for Him accordingly until He tells you individually and personally, “It is finished. Well done, My good and faithful servant!”
In closing, most people do not or cannot see the miracles that happen everyday all around us. Sadly, even true Christians. They see too much in the natural and do not recognize God’s hands working in those natural things all around us. It is time the Church, the TRUE Church, opens their spiritual eyes and rubs the sleepiness from them and start to realize that God, our Heavenly Father is working in things, in the natural as well as the spiritual, every day.
Sue and I would like you to join us in giving God all the Praise and all the Glory for being the truly loving Father that He is.