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.” Click To Tweet 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