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The Milk and the Scalpel
|Nathan D. Maki|
My son Alexander was only two months old when he started throwing up everything we fed him. Rachel and I would give him a bottle, and an hour later he’d give it right back. A couple days passed like this; he wasn’t gaining any weight, and finally we took him to the doctor.
“It could be one of two things,” she told us. “Usually this is a result of acid reflux, which isn’t too serious. But it could also be something called pyloric stenosis, or a tightening of the muscle ‘doorway’ between the stomach and the intestine. That is serious. It would require surgery.”
Usually here in Canada there would be a long waiting list to be checked out for this, but our doctor had a friend who was a doctor at the local children’s hospital and specialized in these kind of cases. Our doctor got us in that very day for an ultrasound.
Even now I can’t think about the hours we spent waiting for results without my stomach clenching afresh. We cradled our little baby boy and prayed over him.
The results came back. It was pyloric stenosis. He needed surgery. They would have to make an incision in his stomach and slice the too-tight muscle to make it relax enough for him to process food. The thought of our baby being cut open left us grim-faced, but we gave it over to God.
Again we were blessed when the hospital was able to take Xander right in. It was a quick surgery, but the hours felt like days. We prayed and paced and held each other. Finally they brought him back to us and told us the surgery was a success.
The incision, which was supposed to be a centimeter long, was more like an inch and a half, and Xander still bears that scar. Once it caused pain, but now it symbolizes healing. From that point on and to this day he’s grown as if making up for lost time. Now, at seven, he’s eating us out of house and home and growing like a weed. God has been good to us.
The Bible says, “The Word of God is quick and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” We know the Word is the sword of the Spirit. But this says it is sharper than a sword. Sometimes the Word is a scalpel. Sometimes it has to pierce us in order to heal us. But if we’ll let the Great Physician wield it with skill and precision He can heal us and make us grow again.
“As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the Word that ye may grow thereby.” How often do we allow bitterness, anger, unbelief, or other things to grip us within so tightly that we can no longer take in the Word and grow? How amazingly multi-faceted God’s Word is! It’s both the milk that makes us grow, and the scalpel that skillfully removes those impediments within.
It’s so amazing to know that we can trust Him to heal us no matter the need, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual. He is our Healer!
About A War Within: The Healer
Suzanna is a slave in the palace of the Parthian king. Theudas, her son, is bodyguard to the Emperor of Rome. As the two empires collide at the Parthian fortress city of Hatra can mother and son reunite? Can they survive? Can Theudas’s new-fledged faith endure the fires of war? And after all they’ve endured can Christ still heal their war-torn hearts?
The Healer is available in both paperback and Kindle versions at Amazon.com.
Or order an autographed copy from Nathan’s website.
About the Author:
Nathan D. Maki is a follower of Christ, a husband to Rachel, father to Xander, 'master' of two pugs (they'd argue that point), pastor of a wonderful church, and author of The War Within series set in Ancient Rome. (He’s wrapping up a fifth novel, The Keeper's Crown for publication.) His passion is bringing the ancient world to life in a way that entertains, challenges, and encourages Christians today.