A Reminder of How Amazing God Has Made Us

Psalm 139: 14-16
14. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

Recently I’ve had occasion to marvel at how amazing the human body is. When you consider we’re living in a fallen, polluted, sin-ridden world, it’s a wonder our bodies do as well as they do to cope and heal.

On October 21st I had surgery to remove a large kidney stone. It wasn’t obstructing anything, thankfully, and I only started having pains related to it about a month before the operation. The path to finding the stone to begin with was rather unusual.

For the past three years I’ve had significant gut pains on the lower left side. This is in addition to other stomach troubles. I’ve tried numerous medicines, herbal remedies, supplements, etc. Several have worked, but only temporarily.

In late June my primary doctor poked around my stomach and asked if I’d ever had my kidneys examined. That led to having an ultrasound done, which revealed a large kidney stone in the left kidney.

I’ll spare you the succession of events that followed, but it took until early October before I met with the right specialist to remove the stone. Because of the dull, but strengthening back pains in the kidney area, which had started by then, I was eager to get the stone out.

During the surgery a stone 2.95 cm. by 1.5 cm. was removed. If you know anything about kidney stones, that’s mammoth. The doctors said they’d seen a few others as large, but likely none as hard.

It may have been growing for as long as 10 years. It had to be broken into six pieces, with the smallest being the size of most stones the doctors remove.

I knew going in that this was a fairly major surgery, but it was downright brutal. I’ve had more pain than expected as well as unpleasant reactions to pain meds and antibiotics. One of the doctors told me I had major surgery, and it’s not for wimps.

In the aftermath I’ve been feeling pretty wimpy. I’m doing better today, thankfully, and haven’t had to take pain meds for nearly a week. Applying arnica ointment to the bruised areas has been a big help.
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I won’t know for a couple weeks or so if the ongoing gut pains are gone and if they were connected with the kidney stome. So the jury’s still out on that one. But you can bet I’ll be both hopeful and vigilant.

As you might guess, I’ve had time to do some reflecting. For starters, I’m thankful for modern medicine. Oh, yes, there are things I can justifiably complain about. I’m sure we all can.

But if I’d been living 150 years ago, no ultrasound, X-rays or CT scans would have been available to pinpoint the existence of the kidney stone. What would have been the result?

What sort of pains and illnesses would I have experienced as the stone grew? What sort of remedies, concoctions and herbals would I have been subjected to? And with what success?

And how much would the guesswork about gut pain and the kidney stone then have been different than that which has taken place until recently?

The guess work may not be over though. I can’t help but ponder what caused the stone to form some 10 years ago in the first place. What do I need to be doing differently now to avoid such trouble in the future?

I’ve started answering that last question already. Once again I’m reminded of the importance of paying attention to what my body tells me. That doesn’t mean every little pain means disaster is down the road.

But it does mean not ignoring things while trying to be the tough guy or trying to be super efficient and productive.

God fashioned each of us in uniquely marvelous ways. Remember that. Plus, if you’re a believer in Christ, you know your body is now a temple for the Holy Spirit. We’re stewards of a precious thing. Remember not to abuse the privileges we’re given with each new day we greet and with each breath we take.

There’s more to healing than the physical aspects. That’s because there’s an amazing mind-body connection which mystifies doctors and scientists. I won’t go into that here.

It’s sufficient to say how important it is to keep our minds and hearts in tune with our wonderful Lord and His Word for our well being.

He truly has made us amazing beings.

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