A good friend sent me the following story—it’s funny, but it also makes a good point:
“A Lexus Mechanic was removing a cylinder head from the motor of an LS 460 when he spotted a well-known cardiologist there in his shop. The cardiologist was waiting for the service manager to take a look at his own car and to diagnose a problem. The mechanic shouted across the garage, “Hey Doc, want to take a look at this?”
The cardiologist, a bit surprised, walked over to where the mechanic was working. The mechanic straightened up, wiped his hands on a rag asked, “So Doc, look at this engine. I opened its heart, took out the valves, repaired and replaced anything that was damaged, and then put it all back together again. When I was finished, the car ran as good as new. So how is it that I make $40,000 a year and you make $400,000 doing basically the same work?”
The cardiologist, without missing a beat replied, “Try doing it with the motor running.”
I once heard a similar story about a guy who locked his keys in his car and called a local locksmith. The locksmith arrived at the place where the car was and opened the car in a matter of minutes. He presented the man with a bill for $50. The man was incensed and said angrily, “you only worked for 5 minutes—and you’re charging me $50?? I’d like an itemized bill, please.” The older man went back to his truck, took a pad and scribbled a few words. He handed the piece of paper to the man and it said, “Unlocking the car door--$5.00. Knowing how--$45.00.”
I spend quite a lot of time in hospitals. Seeing those of you there before you are scheduled for a surgery or seeing you as you recover is important to me. I find that most of us feel pretty anxious about having medical procedures and what better time than to be in prayer and ask God for healing? Those of you who have been “found” by me before those procedures know that I always include a prayer for all those in the hospital who “know how”—for those who have been extensively trained to “tear the engine apart while it’s still running”. It might surprise you how often one of those doctors or nurses will thank me for having included them in the prayer.
God works in many ways. We pray for healing quite often, for ourselves or for someone we love. I tend to think most of God’s healing—not all, but most—comes through the hands of those who have been trained and have acquired the skills. They aren’t perfect, but thank God for all of those who were called into the healing arts. We all owe them a debt of gratitude.
Kristin Clark-Banks is the pastor of Forest Hills UMC.