Billyb's blog entitled Gangrene Setting In caused me to remember an incident that happened more than 40 years ago. Though the details are buried somewhere deep in my mind, I do remember that my cousin Nick, who was three years older than me, was involved in an accident which crushed his toes. I think he was about 13 or so at the time.
I remember how they fought to save his big toe. My mom explained to me that if they could save his big toe, he would be able to walk but if they couldn't, he would be crippled. Then another life-threatening problem reared it's head. With the flow of blood restricted to the crushed area, gangrene set in.
I remember being told that though they had saved the big toe and my cousin would walk again, they had no choice put to amputate the remaining toes on that foot. If they didn't, the gangrene would spread and Nick could die.
Though sadly Nick was killed in another accident about 10 years later, his life was saved that day but it involved a procedure which was painful both physically and psychologically. It involved sacrificing the diseased part of the body in order that the rest of the body could survive.
We don't like to think about or deal with this topic. It is never an easy nor pleasant thing. It is always (and should be) a very painful and heartbreaking procedure, one in which we find no joy. However, as horrible as it is, we must remember that sometimes it is something that we must do lest the whole body suffers and is put at risk. Disease cannot be allowed to run unchecked amongst believers or it will sicken, cripple or even destroy us.
We must remember also that with God all things are possible and He is able to not only heal... He is able to restore.
So true it's like leaving one bad apple in the basket. If not removed it will spoil the whole basket full.
Nice Blog K