Encouragement From An Unexpected Source: My OB/GYN


Encouragement From An Unexpected Source: My OB/GYN

Photo Credit: Paul Barker

Photo Credit: Paul Barker

Last Summer, I had a hysterectomy. When I went in for my 6 week check up, I was feeling rather discouraged. I wasn’t sleeping very well and my anxiety was through the roof. I was sure that this was due to my recovery, but quickly my OB/GYN gave me a word of encouragement that he said was from God.

He stopped me as I was talking er… complaining… and asked how things were going in my spiritual life. He saw me pray while in labor before, but in general, he and I had never discussed spirituality or anything related. I had no idea he was even a Christian!

I. Was. In. Complete. Shock. Who goes to the gynecologist and expects spiritual counseling?

My response, “Everything’s great!” The Doctor just looked at me. He’d known me too long to know if I was confident in what I was saying or not. He had seen me through 2 full term pregnancies, a miscarriage, and many other ordeals. He knew that I just gave a quick generic answer instead of a truthful one.

Imagine what was going through my head and heart at this point: I started crying. As he gave me the word that God had just for me, I realized that I hadn’t been listening to my Savior. The Lord had to use my doctor, someone I would have never considered, to get my attention. Shame came over me, but I felt so thankful that He cared enough to use a completely strange way to snap my focus back to where it should have been.

As my doctor took my hand and started to pray with me, I felt a peace come over me. I knew that God had used this man to give me a message, and felt the Holy Spirit confirm it in my heart.

Photo Credit: Andrea Kratzenberg

Photo Credit: Andrea Kratzenberg

Driving home from my appointment that day was rather interesting. I laughed and cried. The laughter was from the awkward moment right after our discussion that my doctor started naming girly body parts as he asked as I was healing and then did an exam. I thought back to what was going on in my mind at that time, “Is this really happening? Am I really experiencing a spiritual awakening while naked from the waist down and talking about my va-jay-jay with my gyno?” (Admit it, you’d laugh too. In fact, you’re probably laughing now.) God has a sense of humor, obviously. But the tears were from pure joy. I had indeed felt the love that God has for me that day. All I had to do was learn to put my trust FULLY in Him instead of worrying about what was going on around me. The Lord would take care of it all, and my worry was unnecessary. My feelings were those of refreshment and relief.

Has God ever reached out to you in an unconventional way to get your attention? I’d love to hear about it!

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Angie, a mother of 5, currently lives in the Inland Empire area of Southern California with her husband of 19 years, Bobby, & 4 of their children. She is a non-custodial mother of 1 that lives with her during the Summer. Angie is a stay at home mom, homeschooling all 3 of her younger children. (She plans to homeschool her children through high school graduation.) She'll be the first to admit she is human & full of flaws. Every day she praises God for His grace & mercy on her life. She's lived in 5 different states, loves to craft & sew, and is what you would call a "Disney Geek" since birth. Dreaming of one day returning to school, her free time is spent studying and attempting to play piano. If you have any questions or for any other reason need to contact someone about this blog, she is the one to contact. You can email her at Angie (at) RaisingStickyHands (dot) com.

  • Teresa

    Wow, what an awesome story. Glad that you received what you needed for your serenity. My son had a similar experience last week at the Dermatologist. Instead of asking him about his wart, the doc started by asking him where he was in life and they had quite a conversation. It took him by surprise and seemed to be what he needed. It’s interesting because doctors seem to be in such a hurry to get you through the door that they don’t take the time to really talk. I’m happy for you!

    • That is just amazing that a wart led him to a doctor that had a deeper solution for him. I agree about doctors being in a hurry most of the time. This doctor, with me, was probably talking for about 30-45 mins. before the exam. That says a lot! Unheard of these days! But thank God that there are doctors who still have integrity. Thank you for sharing!