Part of a Miracle

Unbeknownst to me, God was performing a miracle for me.

Years ago I injured my knee and scheduled surgery to repair a torn meniscus. I saw my doctor’s surprise when my X-ray showed degeneration of cartilage in both knees. I also noted the drop in his enthusiasm concerning the outcome of my surgery.

After I scheduled the surgery, dread descended upon me. What’s going on? I wondered. I sensed God wanted me to cancel the surgery, but I was confused since I didn’t know why.

I wrestled over calling my doctor to cancel the surgery. I felt stupid. What reason would I give? As I sought the Lord, He reminded me “the secret things belong to the Lord.”

I pulled out my Bible to read the whole verse: “The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29 NASB).

“I’ve shown you what to do,” I sensed Him say, “Will you trust Me and obey?”

I canceled my surgery, but continued to limp confused by it all. One day I read, “Strengthen … the knees that are feeble, and make straight paths for your feet, so that the limb which is lame may not be put out of joint, but rather be healed” (Hebrews 12:12-13 NIV).

I asked God how to do that, and He led me to a wonderful physical therapist and a woman who worked in alternative health. I did my exercises, took my remedies, and drank my green smoothies. My knee improved, but not completely.

My physical therapist said new studies showed that surgery on knees with my type of arthritis often sped up the need for knee replacement because of the little amount of cartilage I had. Was that why the Lord closed the door to surgery?

Four years later I twisted the same knee. This time physical therapy couldn’t put me back together again.

But my new X-ray showed no signs of arthritis. My knee has regrown cartilage!

My doctor was as amazed as I was and said he was picking up a bag of kale on his way home for his wife to make him a smoothie for supper!

I give glory to God for His mercy. Even though I had to have surgery, my new cartilage provided a better outcome.

Hindsight clearly shows God directed my steps. But I felt lost and confused in the process. God used this to remind me—God always has a good reason for saying “no” or “wait.” Share on X I hope I remember that next time!

To those in God’s waiting room, may my miracle remind you that God loves you and still does miracles. In the meantime, what has He told you to do—that is your part of the miracle? Are you trusting and obeying what you know?

If God can restore cartilage to my knees, He can meet your need too.

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Debbie W. Wilson


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  1. Diane Allen

    What a marvelous and inspiring story! So what’s that smoothie recipe? 🙂

    • debwilson

      I mix various fresh or frozen fruit with with dark green leafy greens with one cup of water, almond or coconut milk per serving. I like to have a frozen banana in it for sweetness and creaminess. I also purchased a high powered blender (Vitamix 5200). It tastes like fruit.

  2. Tara

    Most of the time these blogs are directly relevant to my life. Tonight is no exception. I just finished some time with God, opened your email and read some answers to the questions I just asked. Thank you.

  3. Gwen

    As my “Dream Team” of regular doctors begin to retire, one by one, I have to faithfully remember that God, the great physician, will never retire on me! Another example of letting go, and letting God! Hope all went well with Larry today!

  4. Diane Allen

    Debbie — obviously not the first time I’ve read this story — but today it is the second message come my way about “waiting” for the Lord to act or move. I get it —

    Thanks for always being a roll model

    • Debbie Wilson

      I stumbled on it, and it was what I needed to hear too!

  5. Ann

    What a wonderful encouragement and reminder this is for me to just listen and obey whether it “makes sense” or not!! As long as we’re sure Who it is that we are hearing, we have nothing to fear.

    • Debbie Wilson

      Yes, Ann! A good reminder to me too!

  6. Cindy

    “What has God to,d you to do that is part of your miracle?” Oh boy! Powerful! Unfortunately I’m vey good at turning down the volume when it comes to my part….. Thank you for the inspiration to listen more carefully and then follow through. Cindy

    • Debbie Wilson

      Thanks, Cindy. There are so many biblical stories where the recipient had to do their part—bathe in a specific river, collect jars… Blessings.

  7. Art

    I too was scheduled to have a knee replaced and had trouble walking without a brace and a limp. It hurt to put pressure on it. One Saturday morning I said my prayers and fell back asleep only to wake up 2 hours later , I am one that does not sleep past 6am . I woke up in excruciating amount of pain , it felt like a large needle stab into to my knee. Then is when I had a miracle I felt a hand massage my knee cap it was a warm feeling came over me. My wife was out town on business so I was alone with my dog. When I got out of bed and my feet touch the floor 90% of the pain was gone. I was able to work in the yard and push a lawn mover without a brace that day and have not wore it since. That was 2 months ago. I still have a little pain from time to time but nothing like it was before. Miracles still happen .

    • Debbie Wilson

      Art, what an amazing testimony! Thank you for sharing it. My father-in-law’s back was healed in a similar unexpected way. May you continue to be strengthened in body and in soul!

  8. Debbie Kitterman

    Debbie – God is so good and Praise Him for His healing. Such a powerful testimony of God’s goodness, faithfulness, and healing! Even documented with x-rays – Woo Hoo – totally worth shouting from the mountain tops! Thanks for sharing today at #Reflect link-up

  9. Debbie Wilson

    Yes! He is good all the time. Thanks, Debbie!

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