It was just a routine physical and everything checked out fine but since he had a family history of heart disease, the man's doctor suggested doing some additional tests. He was in excellent physical condition and felt just fine but he decided to heed his doctor's advice and have the tests done. He is glad he listened because further test revealed that all was not well. In fact, he needed to have open-heart surgery before it was too late.
My husband and I first met this man and his wife on July 22nd. They had just joined the Sunday morning first service prayer team which we lead. It was during our team prayer time that we learned his story. When he mentioned he didn't even know how to go about choosing the right cardiologist, my husband said, "Do you know that there is a cardiologist on the prayer team? He works at the Mayo Clinic."
The man and his wife gave my husband a stunned look. "You mean a cardiologist who works at Mayo attends our church?"
"Yes", my husband replied. "There he is now. Would you like me to introduce you?"
Of course he did.
Last Sunday we learned that the consultation had not only taken place, the surgery is scheduled for tomorrow.
This story reminds me of when I was going to be assigned an oncologist after my breast cancer surgery. I had been told I would be assigned one of the four breast cancer oncologists affliated with the hospital but God had other plans. Even as I was praying for God to direct me to the right oncologist at the hospital, God opened up the path for me to meet the Chief Medical Officer of the health co-op I've been a member of for more than 30 years. He normally only worked with Stage 4 patients (I was stage 2) but after talking to me for an hour and a half, he told me that he would be honored if I were to choose him to be my oncologist. God opened the door. All I had to do was walk through it and I did. That incident occurred over 10 years ago. Indeed, God does direct our path.
We must remember that God's ways are not our ways. I have witnessed many miraculous healings over the years but I have also seen "closed doors" open as God works through doctors. Many years ago a doctor told me that while he could set a bone or treat a disease, God does the healing. I believe that is true.
Who can say why God does something one way only to do something else another way? I can only say that when we put our trust in God, when we walk with Him, He will direct our path. (Proverbs 3:5,6)