God Still Works Miracles–Part 3–Doctor Visits

September, 2013. My daughter, Bethany, and me on the Washington DC Metro.

The week after we returned from Philadelphia, I had two doctors’ appointments, both scheduled weeks and months earlier. The first was with my primary care physician who is a friend, believer, and member of my church.

I shared my testimony with the women who work in his office. All three of them marveled at the change in me. It also opened some doors for them to share some of their concerns with me, things I now keep on my prayer list.

Then, I found myself alone. I grabbed the notebook I always carry in my purse and recorded these thoughts:

As I sit here, waiting for Kevin to come in, I am experiencing some anxiety. I now have an idea of how Geoffrey felt as our breakfast ended. He recognized God’s voice and knew he had to be obedient to the command. But it didn’t keep him from feeling too nervous to ask me directly if he could pray for me, sending instead the Gideon from Maryland who was seated next to him.

 I’m sure Kevin will believe me because of his faith in Jesus. But I’m still nervous about the encounter. Will he just accept it? Will he doubt at first? I don’t know how he will react.

The knock came on the door. In response to his greeting, I said, “I’m terrific. Let me tell you what’s happened.” As I shared, Kevin acknowledged the power of prayer and how he has seen people recover through God working and answering prayer. But he admitted all cases involved a process of healing, rather than immediate.

He moved to the examination table, placed his stethoscope on my back, and told me to take a deep breath. Out of the corner of my eye, I caught an expression of wonder at what he heard. “You’re really moving a lot of air. And everything sounds clear—no crackles or wheezing,” he said. And his smile told me the rest.

The next day, I had an appointment with one of my specialists at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) where I shared my testimony more times than I can count. I greeted the receptionists who immediately noticed I was missing my oxygen. Then came the nurse who escorted me back to do a six-minute walk. (This is a test where your pulse and oxygen saturation is continuously monitored while you walk as many laps as you can in a measured hallway in six minutes.) She couldn’t believe how well I was walking without the oxygen or the normal levels of my vitals. She allowed me to do the walk without the oxygen, but had a tank handy just in case.

I took off at a comfortable, sustainable pace. She smiled and laughed in amazement at my numbers each time I passed her. After it ended (no oxygen needed) she printed out the report and marveled at the fact that I had done better and walked farther than the previous three times with oxygen. She told me I’d made her day.

Next came the physician’s assistant. I was touched by the respect everyone showed toward my God story. By the same token, none could refute the observable and obvious change in me. Finally, came Dr. Mike. When I’d finished, he said, “Please have patience with those of us who are grounded in science and tend to be skeptical. But I will never say that science and medicine have all the answers.” But because he is a scientist and his main concern is for my health and well-being, he asked me to stay on my medications until I see him again in three months so he can be sure this “sticks”. During the exam, he also heard my lungs fill up the way they were supposed to and admitted that the numbers from the six-minute walk backed up the way I felt.

I know what he’ll find in three months, but I also understood where he was coming from. As a Christian most of my life, I’d never been acquainted with anyone who’d been dramatically healed nor did I know anyone who knew anyone to whom this had happened. The nature of a miracle lies in the fact it is so unexpected, so instantaneous, so wondrous that it can hard to comprehend, even for those of us grounded in faith.

We serve a God of power, love, and miracles. But, I know the Lord sustained me the past ten years because of the treatments prescribed by my doctors. God does use medicine and its technologies to heal. But I am living proof that miracles did not end with recorded scripture. God is still sovereign and still delights in miraculously healing His children.

Me with Phin 1

August, 2014. Me and Phin at home.

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12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Vivian
    Aug 13, 2014 @ 20:54:13

    AWESOME!!!!! I am so happy Geofry came into your life!!

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  2. Ellen Schueler Wenz
    Aug 14, 2014 @ 20:36:24

    Susan…..you look fabulous! You have a glow and your eyes are so bright! Your face isn’t as swollen! I am so happy for you! Sometimes our faith hits a bumpy road, but I can say I am a believer! Xoxo your cousin Ellen

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  3. Jackie Cannon
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 00:34:29

    But you do; on Nov. 1, 1980 the Lord healed me of temporal lobe epilepsy. I have been seizure free for the last 33 years, 32 of them with no medication. I thought I had told you. Just remember, “who Jesus has set free, is free indeed.”
    BTW you look great.

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  4. happyinhim
    Aug 15, 2014 @ 20:34:04

    So blessed to read your story Susan. To God be the glory!
    Megan Vance

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  5. Karen Agostinella
    Aug 28, 2014 @ 20:46:20

    The first thing that came to mind was “Praise God from whom all blessings flow……” Etc. He has healed you for a reason. I can’t wait to see what your mission will be. I am so excited for you. Karen A.

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  6. Susan Evans
    Sep 30, 2014 @ 23:20:48

    Sue,
    What an awesome God we serve! To Him be all the majesty, honor, and glory! Thanks for sharing your story in writing!

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  7. Geoffrey S Sadyalunda
    Oct 21, 2014 @ 10:01:26

    God is still speaking to us;is still healing and is still setting people free.
    Geoffrey-Malawi

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  8. siphiwe
    Jan 09, 2015 @ 08:06:29

    God is indeed a miracle working God. May HE keep using Geoffrey.

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  9. Susan
    Feb 09, 2015 @ 08:13:45

    so inspriring to hear about GOD using Geoffrey Sadyalunda, a friend we have known and never knew that GOD will use him in this way! God is a miracle workking GOD indeed!

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    • phillip sadyalunda
      Jul 29, 2015 @ 08:57:58

      ya really God is awonderful miracle worker

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      • writingcygnet
        Jul 29, 2015 @ 15:20:20

        Thank you, Phillip. We are eagerly awaiting the details of Geoffrey’s plan to come and visit us here in Pittsburgh. I thank God every day for my healing. Our God truly is an awesome God and worthy of all our praise!

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  10. Mia
    Mar 13, 2016 @ 22:33:09

    You are a great testimony of the wonderful miracles God can perform! You are serving Him by telling others about your experience and how they can find salvation! What a blessing!

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