A woman thought she had the Flu one winter night with all of the classic symptoms-shivering, fever, nausea, and weakness.
She told her husband that she was going to the minor emergency clinic. It was a painful twenty minutes but she made it at exactly 3:00 in the morning.
She did not have to wait long. After about ten minutes the nurse took her to a room and told her to sit on the examining table.
After a minute or two, the door opened and a man walked in.
He had a two days growth of beard, uncombed hair, and black sunglasses partly covered the dark circles under his eyes.
His smock was stained and dirty and he had a cigarette hanging out of the side of his mouth.
He stood for a moment scratching the inside of his arm before approaching the woman. As he approached, he stopped and removed his dark glasses.
The woman was too shocked to speak.
“You think you have the Flu?” he asked, peering into her eyes. He turned and threw his lit cigarette butt in the metal trash can.
She began to hyperventilate and shook her head.
He looked at her with bloodshot eyes.
“It says on this chart that you think you have the Flu.”
She turned away and shook her head again, “No!”
“Maam,” he said, “Why are you here, and why do you keep saying,”No?”
The upset woman was trying to put a sentence together but was still in shock, and all she could still manage again, was “No.”
The doctor shook his head and scoffed, “Oh! Hey, don’t let my appearance scare you. I have been working double shifts, and I am tired, and...”
She interrupted his sentence,”You've been too tired to take a bath?"
He smiled and shook his head. “Well, like I said, I’ve been busy…., but believe me I am a MEDICAL DOCTOR!”
He approached the table, again. “Open you mouth and I will see how your throat looks.”
She jumped down and grabbed her purse. She held it in a defensive position, trying to remember a Karate move she learned decades earlier. Then she tried to step sideways around him.
The doctor backed up and blocked the doorway.
“Maam, don’t you want some medicine?”
“No!” “ Yes…”She looked at him hopefully,
“Can you give me some medicine without the examination?
He was insulted. “No!”
She tried something else. “Don’t you have some samples?”
At that the woman took off down the hallway.
“Maam, Come back so I can finish... Maam!”
The doctor followed her, shouting, “No! No! Come back!”
The woman answered, “No! No!”
She ran past the front desk.
The nurses were reading magazines.
She told them “No!” and opened the door.
They didn’t seem surprised.
They exchanged knowing looks, like, "We lost another one to him."
The woman rushed outside suddenly feeling great!.
As a matter of fact she felt exhilarated, symptom free, restored, revived, healed!
1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed!
“I WERE healed! I WERE healed!” She shouted into the night. Were-Past tense! Miraculously! Hallelujah!.
The doctor ran to the doorway of the clinic with her chart. He waved it angrily.
“Maam, do you know that I am going to charge your insurance for this visit!?
She came home happy and energetic and lit into her housework at four O’clock in the morning!
Her husband thought she had been given a shot. He couldn't understand how she could have been cured of the Flu so quickly.
After the shock of meeting Dr. No, she was suddenly symptom free, no aches, no pains, no temperature, no shivering, no nothing!
No, no no!
Are you obligated to receive medical treatment from someone who had neglected the first law of medicine--soap and water?