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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Pigs Might Fly (10/31/13)

TITLE: Miracle of Life Before Death
By Dorothy Gremillion


“When pigs fly...” That’s a statement which usually means an idea is as impossible as pigs flying. Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m eternally grateful that pigs can’t fly. Can you imagine what it would be like if they could? What if a flock of pigs landed in your yard (would you call them “a flock?”) Can you hear yourself saying to your spouse, “Oh no, honey, some pigs just landed in our yard and they’re rooting up our vegetable garden!” Or, “Wow-ee, honey, get the rifle, we’ll have pork for supper!” No, I’m eternally grateful that it’s impossible for most mammals to fly, especially ones as large as a porker.

Nevertheless…nevertheless, what if, in another sense, the “impossible” could happen? When we pray, don’t we ask for God to do something that, in many instances and in any normal sense, would be “impossible?” And the Lord answers in a way that many times, blows our mind, and we kneel before him in absolute awe at such an astounding miracle.

Miracles…What are miracles if not the seemingly impossible becoming reality? Jesus said, “With men, this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” So let me tell you a miracle. In the fall of 2004, I had to have emergency exploratory surgery because of unexplained intolerable abdominal pain. I signed the papers for the surgery to take place, all the while hearing the doctor say, “I don’t know what’s wrong. It’s possible you might not ever wake up.” Before the orderlies came to get me for surgery, my mother, who died in 1987, came to get me. I saw her with exquisite clarity. All the beautiful wrinkles on her face, her silver hair, the love and gentleness in her eyes. She wore a brilliant emerald green garment with three large square diamonds as though they were buttons down the front of her dress (could I call it a dress exactly? I’m not sure.) Then she spoke: “Are you ready to come?” I said, “No.” Then my mother faded into the distance. And it was time for surgery.

I’m a minister. Everyone at my church was praying for healing. People at churches I had served before were praying for healing. My family was praying. Well, as you can tell, I did wake up, and here it is almost 10 years later, and I’m still alive. Their prayers were answered!

Would you like to know what was wrong and how close I came to entering eternal life? Turns out, a foot long section of the small intestine had gone gangrenous. The doctor had to perform a small bowel resection. Recuperation seemed to take a long time, but their prayers were answered! I’m completely well and filled with joy and purpose in this life.

I love Jesus. Never doubt that he answers prayers, and that he can and will answer yours. Never doubt that whatever seems impossible to us, isn’t impossible with him. Exercise your faith muscle and ask and believe.

But would you do me a favor? Don’t ask for pigs to fly.

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C D Swanson 11/07/13
Amen! What a lovely inspirational story. Thanks for sharing your journey with us, and praise the Lord for your full recovery.

God bless~
Larry Whittington11/11/13
Interesting and well woven together.

I am thankful that the Great Physician guides our physicians.

Yes, we must remember that the prayers that God answers are the ones according to his will.

It is surely not God's will that pigs fly or he would have created them to fly.