Serving God With One Eyebrow

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The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble...
Proverbs 18:14

David Rabin was a professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University. When he was forty-six he was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease. He knew what would happen. Stiffness in the legs, then weakness; paralysis of the lower limbs and then the upper. Eventually his body would no longer obey his commands. He could form words only with the greatest difficulty, and eventually not at all. He lost his ability to treat patients and could no longer go to the hospital to work. He would have had a brilliant academic career; now he couldn't even turn the pages of a book. But there was one thing he would not surrender: his spirit!

One day he heard from a fellow physician who also had Lou Gehrig's Disease, about a computer that could be operated by a single switch. That switch could be operated by anyone, however physically challenged, who retained the function of just one muscle group. David Rabin still had enough strength in one part of his body - his eyebrow. So for the next four years he used it to speak to his family, tell jokes, write papers and review manuscripts. He carried on a medical consulting practice. He taught medical students. He published a comprehensive textbook on endocrinology and achieved a prestigious award for his work. And he did it with the only thing he could control, a single eyebrow. The Bible says: 'The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble.' David Rabin proved that's true. With a spirit that refused to give up, and one eyebrow, he served God and blessed the world around him!

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Pietro said…
What a touching story. And how true are the words The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble.
Wanda said…
Mike ~~ What a wonderful story. I love it. Now that I have been diagnois with breast cancer, I am beginning to relate to stories in a new way.

Keep me in your prayers...
Love and Hugs
sidhart said…
Touching, love that verse in Pro 18:14, no wonder the Lord says 'Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might"

wayfarerjon said…
When I first read this I was greatly moved and marvelled at his courage. At the same time though,I felt it would be terribly scary if I was in that position. This despite the fact that my physical strength has been so limited I have had to rely on God. I fall back on His promise that He will not allow anything in our lives that He cannot cope with.