I Love My Doctor
Posted: Saturday, February 17
Verse of the day
When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” (Mark 2:17 NLT)
Last month I had a painfully awkward conversation with a local physician. This was only my second visit with this doctor, and the previous had been twelve months earlier. My expectations for familiarity were nonexistent. I mean . . . I’d spent 20 minutes with the guy 12 months earlier.
I did what I thought to be polite and opened with, “Hi. I’m Dan.” He quickly responded with an exuberant, “I know who you are! Good to see you again. How’s the kids?” My mind went into math mode. 8 hour work day ÷ 20 minute appointment = 24 patients a day X 20 work days (or so) a month = 480 patients a month X 12 months . . . my conclusion? There’s no way this guy remembers me. Apparently, he kept notes on our conversation from the previous year, and apparently his notes were a little . . . patchy. When he shared with his assistant how I play organ for my parish, I didn’t know whether or not to correct him. We awkwardly agreed to play pretend friends until the 20 minutes was over. I’ll see him again in 11 months.
I don’t visit the doctor often because . . . I’m healthy. My physician is a highly-skilled but mostly unnecessary part of my present. Now, if I was sick, that stranger COULD become my best friend. That stranger COULD become the most important person I know, but for now, he’s just a stranger.
Do you want to know why Oak Creek Assembly is such an important part of my life? And no . . . it’s not just because I’m employed here. I was a regular church attender long before I was brought on any staff. My church is a weekly part of my existence because . . . I’m not well. I don’t have a clean bill of health. God has blessed me immensely. I’m redeemed, sanctified, and sanctifying but the only reason that I’m any of these things is because . . . I’m in treatment, and I don’t skip an appointment. I know my physician well, and He knows me. He is my health. He is my healer. I love my doctor.