Lodi is a small rural town of 6,000 people located 40 miles south of Sacramento. Oddly up to now, the town’s biggest claim to fame is a song written about it by an old mega rock band, Credence Clearwater Revival.
But that may soon change. It is now home to an unexplainable miracle. But it is only unexplainable, if you remove faith from the equation.
Paul Wood lives in Lodi with his family where he attends Gravity Church. Several months ago, he started experiencing intense head aches and found it difficult to walk without holding on to the walls.
His doctor suspected bleeding on the brain and referred Paul to a San Francisco neurosurgeon. However, testing there revealed a tumor on his brain that was probably malignant and preparations were made for surgery.
At this point, Paul turned to faith, prayer and his church for support. In an interview with KOVR TV, Gravity Church pastor Jason McEachron said:
“He just kept saying, ‘no matter what happens to me, I’m going to be okay. I trust God.'”
Then just days before surgery when the specialists sent Paul for preparatory tests, they discovered that the tumor was mysteriously gone.
Paul told KOVR-TV:
“It’s a miracle, and that is the way God planned it.”
When asked about the tumor’s disappearance, Paul’s doctor, Richard Yee, said:
“We do tests and we have medical technology and we try to come up with some conclusion … sometimes things happen that we can’t explain.”
According to KOVR-TV, the doctors were so shocked by the tumor’s disappearance they asked Paul to participate in a study.
It reminds me of another case involving Sharyn Mackay, a pastor’s wife, from Newcastle, Co Down in Northern Ireland. In early 2004, she was diagnosed with cancer and when tests revealed it had spread to her lungs, the doctors sent Sharyn home to die.
However instead of giving up, Sharyn turned to faith. She knew Jesus healed in the Gospels and wondered if God was still healing today. She read Isaiah’s promise that healing would come through Christ’s death on the cross:
But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed. (Isaiah 53:5 NASV)
Along with others in their church, Sharyn decided to pray and believe Jesus for healing. In April 2004, she was back at the hospital for scans to find out how long she had to live.
Sharyn told The Belfast Telegraph, that the night before she was believing that her tests would show the cancer was gone. When she walked into the doctor’s office after her scans, he was all smiles, the tumors were gone.
When the Belfast Telegraph asked her doctor what happened, the only explanation he could give was that her immune system had somehow sparked a spontaneous healing.
God intends miracles to challenge the status quo. When Jesus healed a man born blind at birth by putting mud on the his eyes, the pharisees were so stunned that they questioned the man’s parents to find out if in fact this was the case:
18 They still did not believe that he had been blind and had received his sight until they sent for the man’s parents. 19 “Is this your son?” they asked. “Is this the one you say was born blind? How is it that now he can see?”20 “We know he is our son,” the parents answered, “and we know he was born blind. 21 But how he can see now, or who opened his eyes, we don’t know. Ask him. He is of age; he will speak for himself.” (John 9:18-21 NIV)
- Lodi Man Gets Second Chance At Life When Brain Tumor Vanishes Without Surgery: CBS
- Prayers, miracle from God, caused brain tumor to suddenly disappear says California patient: The Blaze
- Medics baffled as mum’s killer cancer disappears: Belfast Telegraph