At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; his kingdom endures from generation to generation. All the peoples of the earth are regarded as nothing. He does as he pleases with the powers of heaven and the peoples of the earth. No one can hold back his hand or say to him: “What have you done?” Daniel 4:34-35 (NIV).
Nebuchadnezzar has personally experienced another of God’s miracles and he wants you to know it. Have you ever felt like that?
A few years ago, a doctor told me that I had a brain tumor. A sudden loss of hearing took me to several doctors before I finally landed at one who wanted to test further than simply looking into my ears. The tumor was resting on the auditory nerve behind my left ear. It wasn’t malignant but could grow and eventually become malignant. Best case, if left alone, the tumor would eventually find my optic nerve and take my sight as well. Thus, deciding to have it removed was one of the easiest decisions I’ve ever made.
Before going in for surgery, I felt as if “this couldn’t really be happening to me.” Though the doctors assured me the operation was no big deal, I talked with my wife and kids as if it were the last time I might have done so. Because it could have been.
When I awoke from the surgery, I felt no pain. No dizziness, no nausea, no disorientation. In fact, I felt just fine. What I really felt was thankful. I remember that one of the first things I did was to pray and thank God for waking me up, and for giving me another day. I didn’t realize that I had been out for most of 10 hours, that the surgeons took out the tumor, but that I would need to go under the knife again, just one week later, to correct something the surgeons didn’t get quite right. Three years on, all is well and there’s no re-occurrence.
Yet, since then, I’ve remembered to thank God, to praise Him, for every day He gives me because He’s God and every day is a miracle. Surviving a brain tumor is a miracle and a gift. Learning to manage your health is a gift from God. Like Nebuchadnezzar, it took something deadly serious to get my attention so that I might truly use my words and better give glory to God. Whether God designed a brain cancer to get my attention, to teach me a lesson, I do not know. I only know I’m grateful for the miracle.
For further reading: Daniel 4:36
All praise, honor, and glory to You, Father, Lord of the universe.
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