So a guy near where I live died. But he’s feeling much better now. In 2013, Anthony Yahle went into cardiac arrest and was rushed to Kettering Medical Center. Doctors tried for 45 minutes to restart his heart. They finally called “time of death” and informed his family. Until then, the longest delayed cardio reboot without reduction of the patient to a vegetative state was 38 minutes, and in that case hypothermia (freezing) had been induced to preserve the brain cells. If Anthony had lived, they explained, his brain would have been a wiped hard drive.
The only problem was, his son, Lawrence, refused to accept the facts. As members of the family church prayed, Lawrence ran down the hall to the operating room, shouting, “Dad, you’re not going to die today!”
At which point, according to cardiologist Dr. Raja Nazir, a “miracle” occurred. “It was mind boggling,” he said, when the dead man’s electrical functions suddenly started back up. A short time later, Anthony left the hospital with no signs of brain damage (and a brand new defibrillator).
Do miracles always occur when people pray? No. The Apostle James was executed despite the, no doubt, urgent prayers of the church. But a short time later, the Apostle Peter was miraculously saved from the exact same fate. The difference? God’s will.
Faith doesn’t do miracles, God does. My high school choir director, a devout Christian Scientist who believed in the power of faith itself, refused medical treatment for unstoppable hiccupping. And died.
On the other hand, when a fellow prof at BIOLA University in California, was told her “last stage” cancer had metastasized and was now “beyond treatment,” Roxanne calmly replied, “Oh, I’ll be fine.” As a woman of both intellect and faith, she knew that faith was not magic, that only the Creator of all things can do miracles. But her praying friends had all received the same word from God: “Roxanne’s not going to die.” And so she believed.
At her next check-up, all signs of cancer were gone. Her flabbergasted doctor admitted, “This is completely impossible.” Roxanne’s reply? “I know it is, for you and for me…
But with God all things are possible.”