“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
I love my doctor! I first met Dr. K. at a weekly Bible Study Fellowship (BSF) class. I had attended BSF for several years and always had great discussion leaders, but Dr. K. was extra special. Over the course of the nine months we were in BSF together, I found her to be loving, compassionate, and in tune with God’s Word. She made each woman in her group feel cared for and special.
Fast forward a couple of years. My primary doctor of many years had decided to enter into a concierge-type practice. The implications were that he would only continue to treat his patients if they anted up the sum of $1500 per year to do so. With medical costs already high, I was not prepared to do that. Consequently, I found myself looking for a new general practitioner.
I instantly thought of Dr. K., so I called her office to ask if she was accepting new patients. The lady I spoke with said she would need to ask the doctor, because she didn’t think it would be possible. Two days later, I received a call back from the assistant and was delighted to receive word that Dr. K. would make an exception and accept me as her patient.
At the time of my first appointment, I was no longer attending BSF and had not seen Dr. K for quite some time. My daughter, Shelly, had just been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As I sat in the examining room, my heart was heavy and it seemed that I held the weight of the world on my shoulders. I was emotionally a mess.
When Dr. K. entered the room, we greeted each other like two old friends. She went over my health history and all of the formalities. Then she asked me what was going on in my world. At that point, I literally broke down sobbing, tears flowing like a burst water pipe. When I was able to compose myself, I told her about Shelly and how hard it was for me. As her mother, I felt helpless to fix this problem for my child. At that point, she and I both had tears. Shortly thereafter, Dr. K. left the room to schedule my lab work. When she returned, she handed me a piece of paper with something written on it. Then she said, “I can’t let you go without sharing this verse of Scripture with you.” On the back of a prescription form, she had written the following: “The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” Numbers 6:24-26
What a blessing from God’s Word I had been given that day!! I am very thankful for a doctor who understood my pain; who looked beyond the physical and saw an individual who needed spiritual encouragement more than she needed medicine.
For over two years following that day, Dr. K. continued gifting me with a new Scripture upon each visit. Every six months, like clockwork! I was always excited to see what that days Scripture would be! I have kept each of them in a special box in my desk drawer. To me, the Scriptures represent how a Christian sister allowed the prompting of the Holy Spirit to help her go above and beyond her true duties. I am also reminded and comforted by the thought of God’s faithfulness and never-ending love.
These days, when I visit Dr. K., we always find a little time to discuss the Lord and His faithfulness. I will forever thank God for a Christian doctor who takes the time to care for her patients in this manner. God is so good to connect us with just the right person, for just the right reason, at just the right time.