Devotionals: I Rather Have Jesus, than Silver & Gold

Acts 3:2-8

Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money. Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong. He jumped to his feet and began to walk. Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God.
 When I was 10 years old, I was playing outside of the front stoop of our house with my younger brother , when I slipped on black ice. We had just come downstairs (waiting for our mom to come down to head out), when we saw a  layer of black ice on the ground . Immediately, my  younger brother started to slide back and forth on the ice (being the risk taker that he is), and I thought I would follow suit, until I fell. We weren't even playing for more than two minutes, when I slipped, falling on the ice into a split. I screamed and my brother and I called for my mom. I had fallen and could not get back up. My mom called an ambulance to rush me to the hospital. 

When the ambulance came, they helped me up and brought us to the hospital. All I remember is the doctor talking to us (I can't remember if they took x-rays or not), but they gave us plenty of ice packets, an ace bandage, and said I had a sprained ankle.They told me that I would be fine, but to stay off my ankle for a while and take it easy. Thereafter, I could walk, but walked with a limp for almost two years. My mom was concerned and  brought me to another hospital for a second opinion. After x-rays and scans, I was diagnosed with Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (also known as SCFE). 

Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis  is a hip condition that occurs in teens and pre-teens who are still growing.  For reasons that are not well understood, the ball at the head of the femur (thighbone) slips off the neck of the bone in a backward direction. This causes pain stiffness, and instability in the affected hip. The condition usually develops gradually overtime and is more common in boys than girls" Sometimes, it can occur after a sudden fall or injury . In my case, we believe this is how it happened. In order to prevent the mildly displaced femoral head from any further slipping, treatment (surgery) needs to happen right away. There are a few different type of surgeries for treatment depending on the severity, and because mines was mild, I had a screw inserted across both growth plates of my femoral heads in the right and left leg to prevent further slippage. 

After surgery, I went to physical therapy, and walked with crutches for about three months. It is now almost 17 years later, and I can walk , hike,swim, dance and anything else that  I want to do without a limp. I can only imagine how the lame man felt once he was healed by Jesus through the apostles , Peter and John after being lame for most of his entire life.

 Jesus is a healer, and in his name there is healing for every circumstance ( physical , spiritual, emotional, and financial). The apostles did not give the lame man money or riches, but gave him the ability to walk, and most importantly walk with Jesus. Jesus knows all we need. His name is powerful and in it there is everything we could never, ever fathom.

Merry Christmas,