Wisdom In The Time Of Need
Once when I was operating deep inside a brain, an artery broke loose
in an area that I couldn't see. This resulted in vigorous bleeding.
Because we couldn't see where the blood was coming from, it looked as
though we might lose the patient. Without consciously deciding to do
so, I just started praying for God's help. I have learned to act on
intuition in such emergencies.
Just then I did something that, in the telling, seems almost
irrational. I placed the bipolar forceps into the pool of blood where
the bleeding might be coming from. It started sucking away the blood.
I pleaded, "God, you've got to stop this bleeding. Please, God, I
cannot control it."
Strange as it may seem at that instant the bleeding stopped without
my ever being able to locate its cause. Afterward, the patient
awakened and recovered fully.
At another time we had a man from Bermuda who had trigeminal
neuralgia (an extremely painful condition of face caused by
irritation of the fifth cranial nerve). Before we had methods to
treat this condition, many patients committed suicide because of the
I had to put the needle into an exceptionally small hole at the base
of his skull and pass it up to the level of the ganglion. This
process requires a skill in which I had to develop a grat deal of
proficiency during my days as a medical student. On that particular
day, however, no matter what I did, I could not get the needle into
the hole. I had worked at this for nearly two hours before it occured
to me that perhaps I should just give up.
Just before quitting, I finally prayed: "Lord I cannot get the needle
in. There is no way I can do it. I am going to take this needle and
push it in one more time. I want You to guide it into the hole,
because I cannot seem to do it."
I took the needle, pushed it, and went right through the hole as if
it had a mind of its own. A feeling of deep gratitude came over me. I
feel that it is a little risky to relate an incident like this
because I can almost hear skeptics say, "Oh, come on, Ben, that is
ridiculous. Why would you even say a thing like that?"
Yet, for me it is not absurd; it is what I expect. In talking with
other Christian surgeons, I have learned that some of them understand
because they have experienced similar feelings of God guiding their
When we develop a relationship with God and believe that He is
working through us, we still have moments of helplessness -- when God
has an opportunity to do something for us. This happens when we give
our best---which, at the particular moment, does not seem good
enough. Ready to give up, we say aloud or silently, "I cannot do
anymore, Lord. I need You."
At such moments we provide God with the opportunity to respond.
Truly. "Man's ectremity is God's opportunity."
[ By Ben Carson, Think Big -- from 'andychaps_the-funnies' ]
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