Lawson writes . . . sharing thoughts and memories

August 15, 2010

Incidental? No!

Filed under: Uncategorized — lawsonjolly @ 5:00 am

For years I have had difficulty with disks in my back, much like many people.  My response to the discomfort had been that I would never have surgery unless it reached a level of almost total debilitation. It finally approached that level, and so I began some tests.

An MRI and several scans revealed the problem.  But the report showed much more — something unexpected, totally unrelated to the disks.  A small tumor was discovered on my lower spine, wrapped around some of the nerves that controlled body functions and foot movements.  I had no pain or evidence that the tumor existed.

Medically, it was referred to as an “incidental” find.  This meant more tests and consultations with various doctors in various cities.  All the attention was on the tumor and not on my original problem.  The back problem would have to be dealt with later.  Several doctors suggested that this tumor could have been there for years, and it was probably a slow growing tumor that might outlive me.  An option was to wait and watch.  It could be measured every three to six months to see if it was growing.

My reaction was no.  I did not consider it an “incidental” find.  Because I believe that God superintends my life, I felt that God meant for me to know about it at this time.  And if God wanted me to know about it, I assumed He wanted me to do something about it. 

With the selection of a surgeon in Birmingham, the decision was made to have the surgery immediately.  I was aware that to remove the tumor was to risk damage to those nerves that could alter my life.  The family gathered around and we approached the surgery with confidence.  I claimed the promises of God and trusted my future to Him.

God’s care in my life was proved in many ways.  God did intend for the tumor to be removed immediately.  From the short time between the discovery of the tumor and the surgery, the tumor had enlarged from the size of a golf ball to the size of a very large lemon.  Through God’s care, although nerves were cut that would leave numbness, no body functions were lost.  The alterations to certain nerves that will have a permanent effect are small and insignificant to the larger picture.

I know without doubt God is aware of what occurs in our lives each day.  I am convinced that He desires to be part of whatever we face.  He, likewise, promises that He will be involved in the resolution of whatever we is before us.

I bow before Him for His care, His guidance, His intervention, and His direction over my life.  I give Him praise and thanksgiving.  This is but one testimony I have of my deep gratitude to my God for His care over my life.  He, indeed, keeps His promises!

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you . . . .”  (Isaiah 43:2)  “Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles . . . .”  (Psalm 105:5)  “Give thanks to the Lord for he is good.”  (Psalm 118:1)

Lawson

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