How Can I Know God Cares For Me?
Seventy seven years ago on February 15, 1921 in New York City, in the operating room of the Kane Summit Hospital, a doctor was performing an appendectomy.
In many ways the events leading to the surgery were uneventful. The patient had complained of severe abdominal pain. The diagnosis was clear: an inflamed appendix. Dr. Evan O'Neill Kane was performing the surgery. In his distinguished thirty-seven year medical career, he had performed nearly four thousand appendectomies. But this surgery was uneventful in all ways except two.
The first novelty of this operation? The use of local anaesthesia in major surgery. Dr. Kane was a crusader against the hazards of general anaesthesia. He contended that a local application was far safer. Many of his colleagues agreed with him in principle, but in order for them to agree in practice, they had to see the theory applied.
Dr. Kane searched for a volunteer, a patient who was willing to undergo surgery while under local anaesthesia. A volunteer was not easily found. Many were squeamish at the thought of being awake during their own surgery. Others were fearful that the anaesthesia might wear off too soon. Eventually, however, Dr. Kane found a candidate. On Tuesday morning, February 15, the historic operation occurred.
The patient was prepped and wheeled into the operating room. A local anaesthetic was applied. As he has done thousands of times, Dr. Kane dissected the superficial tissues and located the appendix. He skilfully excised it and concluded the surgery. During the procedure, the patient complained of only minor discomfort. The volunteer was taken into post-op, then placed in a hospital ward. He recovered quickly and was dismissed two days later. Dr. Kane had proven his theory. Thanks to the willingness of a brave volunteer, Kane demonstrated that local anaesthesia was a viable, and even preferable, alternative.
But I said there were two facts that made the surgery unique. I've told you the first: the use of local anaesthesia. The second is the patient. The courageous candidate for surgery by Dr. Kane was Dr. Kane. To prove his point, Dr. Kane operated on himself. A wise move. The doctor became a patient in order to convince the patients to trust the doctor. Hard to believe? Perhaps it is. But the true story of the doctor who became his own patient is mild compared to the story of the God who became human. But Jesus did. So that you and I would believe that the Healer knows our hurts, he voluntarily became one of us. He placed himself in our position. He suffered our pains and felt our fears.
Rejection? He felt it. Temptation? He knew it. Loneliness? He experienced it. Death? He tasted it. And stress? He could write a best-selling book about it. Why did he do it? One reason. So that when you hurt, you will trust him and go to him—your Father and your Physician—and let him heal you.
(Taken from a story by Max Lucado)
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