Do you believe in miracles? Not like the 1980 “Miracle on Ice” when the US hockey team defeated the Soviet Union in Winter Olympics. No, I’m talking about God is still on his throne and fully capable of physically healing our earthly human bodies kind of miracles.
14 years ago this month my beautiful bride Christy and I sat in a doctor’s office at OU Children’s Heart Hospital and heard a doctor say about our 6 month old son, “Winston has a congenital heart defect that is going to need surgery to repair. We think he’ll be fine and live a normal life, but he will never play competitive sports.”
A month after that we were going in for surgery #2. This one much more serious and risky, this one was open heart! It’s funny how our brain processes things. The full weight of the seriousness hit me in the waiting room on surgery day when a nurse came out and said, “Guys you’re not out here in the general waiting area. You’re over there.”, as she pointed to a private family room with “Brown Family” printed outside the door. I remember thinking, “Oh dang! This is REALLY serious. We have our own waiting room with our name outside the door.”
The doctors told us to pack our bags for at least a 9-11 day stay. On day 3 they looked at us and said, “We’ve never had a baby recover from open heart this fast! If you lived in OKC we’d let you go home today, but since you’re out of town we’ll release you tomorrow.”
Summarizing the next 12 years of check-ups it sounded a lot like this: “Let’s hope he makes it to age 3 or 4 without needing a new valve…Let’s hope he makes it through ages 5 to 8 without needing a new valve….Let’s hope he makes it to his teenage years without needing a new valve because then we can put in an adult valve that he won’t outgrow…”
Year 13 appointment the doctor says, “Browns I’ve been following Winston since his surgery was complete. I’ve seen him every year for 13 years and you know what we’ve hoped for all along is to avoid a valve replacement. Every year I listen and compare the amount of leakage there is in that valve because the only perfect nonleaking valve is the one God gives at birth. Once we, man, go in and make a repair to a valve there is always leakage and what we hope for after surgery is that the leakage stays the same. Stay the same, don’t get worse, stay the same that’s what we hope for. But today I have to say, Winston’s amount of leakage got better, guys that’s not supposed to happen.” Hey doc, d’you hear that thump? That was God dropping the mic!
This morning at 5:45am I sat in the parking lot of the local tennis courts waiting on the bus to show so my 14 year old son could head off to compete in his first organized competitive sporting activity, tennis (2 years of t-ball excluded especially since he told the coach he had more fun guarding the water jug). Do you believe in miracles?
OH, and by the way, he and his double partner won the tournament today!
Is anyone among you sick? Let them call the elders of the church to pray over them and anoint them with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kingdom of heaven has come near.’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.
If you want to know more about our story of recovery with Winston, complete with pics, check out my old post What I Remember About Open Heart Surgery .