Highland Baptist Church
Friday, May 24, 2013
Helping People Follow Jesus
In the fall of 2007, my then-ten-year-old son Nathan was playing "pads-n-helmets" football on a Midway city league team. One afternoon, K., one of Nathan's teammates, showed up for with an injured arm - his much larger, older brother had fallen on him just before K. came to practice, and by the time K. got to practice, he couldn't bend his arm or rotate his hand around his wrist at all, and he was in a lot of pain, fighting back tears. One of the other parents there was a registered nurse. She examined K. and determined that his arm was probably fractured near the elbow.
As K's parents were making calls to their doctor and preparing to take K. to the emergency room at Providence, I offered to pray for him. Both parents figured it couldn't hurt, so I did.
K. got back a very limited ability to bend his arm, but he still had a lot of pain. At this point, the football team was leaving the practice area and were walking across the parking lot to a field for a scrimmage with another team. My son Nathan came over to see what was going on with his teammate. I explained the situation, and this time, I asked Nathan to pray for K.
After the second time, K. slowly, carefully began testing out his arm. Within a matter of moments, he realized all the pain was gone and he could move his arm freely in any direction. He even swung it around in a big circle a few times to make sure it was really ok.
You should have seen his face light up when he realized what Jesus had done for him - he smiled a big smile, looked up and said, "Thank you God!" Then he quickly suited up and played like a star in a tough scrimmage for 90 minutes - with no pain and full use of his arm. K. never had any trouble with that arm the rest of the season.