Dr. J. Vernon Luck made enormous contributions to the world of medical science. He invented the Luck Bone Saw, which is a vital surgical tool used around the world, wrote textbooks on bone and joint disease, and was a pioneer in the work of reattaching severed limbs.
And when I say he was a pioneer, I mean it.
It was in 1961 that a man named Robert Orona had his left arm almost completely severed in a construction accident. In those days, standard procedure would have been to amputate. But Dr. Luck decided to take a chance. He set about the work of reattaching the arm, with all its crushed and mangled bones, blood vessels, and muscle tissue. Almost no one thought he could do it, but he did. It was a groundbreaking surgery that opened the door to some amazing new medical possibilities.*
I’m sure you’ve heard the old saying about having two chances, slim and none. Often, it’s true. Sometimes the outlook is so bleak that a person with an ounce of common sense would conclude that retreat was the only logical (and safe) course of action. But sometimes in those very circumstances we find our greatest opportunities to break new ground and set new standards.
When David strolled out to meet Goliath carrying only a leather strap and a few small stones, I’m sure the odds makers would have given him no chance. The bets they were taking probably had more to do with how many pieces David would be chopped into when all was said and done. But it was on that day that David set a new standard for faithful obedience, one that has been inspiring believers for thousands of years.
Don’t let those two chances, slim and none, scare you. Remember the bumblebee, according to its size and weight in relation to the size of its wings, should have no chance of getting airborne. But as I was returning from lunch a short time ago, one flew right past my nose.
For further reflection read Matthew 21:21-22, Luke 1:37, Ephesians 3:20.
*Mike Vance, Diane Deacon, Think Outside the Box (Franklin Lakes: Career Press, 1995), 121-122