Wonder

I sometimes wonder how things might be different had God not intervened directly into my life when I was a kid.  He reformed the ball and socket joints in my legs.  I had a disease called Perthes Disease.

“Legg-Calve-Perthes disease is when the ball of the thighbone in the hip doesn’t get enough blood, causing the bone to die.” – From PubMed Health

My case effected both legs.  By the age of 7 the balls in both legs were severely worn away.  I wasn’t allowed to take P.E. or do normal things kids do at that age, like ride a bike.  From the age of 3 I was taken to the hospital for exams and x-rays regularly.  None of the treatments worked.  The doctors told my parents they expected me to end up in a wheelchair.  They had me wear a brace.  With or without it I walked oddly.

In a nutshell, the simple truth is I was prayed for and God healed me.  It happened in 1976 at a service in St. Louis, Missouri.  When we returned home to Illinois, my parents let my siblings and I destroy the brace.

I didn’t wear the brace to my next check-up a couple of months later.  The doctor berated my Dad when he saw I didn’t have it.  My Dad told him I was healed.  The doctor thought he was nuts… until the x-rays arrived.  There’s was nothing he could say.  He just looked with amazement.  That day I went back to school and was allowed to attend P.E..  In fact, when I got to school late in the morning, my class was in P.E.. They were playing a game that involved running back and forth across the gym. I was so excited, I didn’t look where I was going and ran into a wall.  I hurt my arm and was sent home. (-:

This really happened to me.  People can believe anything they want about it.  They can dismiss my faith for whatever reason they assume.  But this can’t be taken away from me.  It happened this way and I know it, whether anyone else believes it or not.

Interestingly though, this event in itself is not enough to hold firm my faith in Christ.  I could chalk what happened up to mystery easily enough. A lot of unexplained stuff happens in this world.  So, time and again, I’ve had to sort through my own intellectual challenges to discern whether or not I’m on the right track.  It’s pretty much a non-stop thing to maintain faith.  But this event does change my perspective in a way that can’t be undone.  It’s impossible for me to say miracles don’t happen.  I am certain there is more than meets they eye to our existence.  The question I’ve spent my whole life answering is what that “more” is.

I have dug into every issue that has plagued me.  I used to run down other people’s issues too, but I gave that up.  For some time, I thought that I could help people by somehow debating them into faith in Christ.  It wasn’t until I realized that no one comes to Christ that way that I stopped.  People find Christ when they seek him.  That’s an issue of the heart, not the mind.  I find discussion far more beneficial than debate.  People have to do their own homework and make up their own minds when it comes down to it.

I have been able to satisfy my mind.  It’s required a lot of course corrections.  It will continue to require them.  But since the vast majority of my friends are atheists, I wonder if I would be too without a little divine intervention?  Amazing grace.

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5 responses to “Wonder

  • Ian Chai

    Wow, cool!

    God can and still does heal. People get into trouble when they presume on it. I know one faith healer who says it’s a sin to go to doctors. So many people have been hurt (and even some died) because of her heresy.

    But that doesn’t take away from the fact that God can and does heal — at His own prerogative.

    • climbingupblog

      He does. There’s no secret sauce. He just does what he does when he chooses to do it. I agree that presumption hurts a lot of people. It’s stupid not to get medical treatment. God doesn’t promise anyone they won’t have to endure suffering. It’s grace when he alters things for us.

  • Erik Martin

    Amazing story, Eric. I never knew you went through something like that. You know that you were touched by God in a very personal way all those years ago. Like you said, no one can take that away from you.

    I think you are right about letting others find their own path to faith. Religion is a lot like politics. Changing someone else’s mind when they have undoubtedly had a lifetime worth of experience to create their personal ideology would almost never work. The person has to be open to it. The same goes for not having faith. From your life experiences, I could never make you an atheist.

    I just remember from my Catholic upbringing that conversion is built into the DNA of most religions. It is hard not to tell someone that they are missing out on what you know to be truth.

    • climbingupblog

      Hey Erik,

      Jesus is the example I consider. He often said, “Let he who has ears hear.” I take that to mean, “Let the person who wants to understand seek it out.” I speak about my own experience and understanding in hopes that it makes sense and causes others to seek, but only God “saves” people.

      I’ve experienced disillusionment with what others told me is true and how they practice what they preach, but my experience forces me to ask, “If that’s not right, then what is?” I’m kind of drawn to seek out an answer. In scripture, I like the Bereans because they didn’t just accept what Paul was teaching because he sounded like he knew what he was talking about. They dug into it themselves to validate it.

      I tend to think if something smells bad, it probably is. Jesus said “Wisdom is proved right by her children.” (paraphrased). The proof is in the result. I look for the evidence that demonstrates a valid assertion. In my view, Jesus was on target. He cut through all the religious garbage to get to the truth.

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