Something the Lord Made

I recently watched a movie called Something the Lord Made. It starred Mos Def playing the role of Vivien Thomas, a black carpenter who helped the famous Dr. Blalock of Johns Hopkins develop the surgery to correct Tetrology of Fallot. Vivien Thomas went just about his whole life without any official acknowledgement of his role in the process until finally, when racial tensions eased in the hospital he was given an honorary doctor and a painted protrait which hangs beside Dr. Blalock’s picture to this day. If Vivien Thomas could accomplish so much without a college education then how much more should I expect myself to accomplish? Overall, I was inspired by the story and would encourage any aspiring minority and non-minority doctors to see it if you haven’t already.

Viven Thomas helped to change the world through medicine, and while the movie didn’t delve too much into it, some of that change came at the cost of his family. And not just his…in the movie Dr. Blalock’s wife mentioned that their daughter wished she could be a patient so that she could see her daddy. I never want to her that from my wife or daughter, yet Dr. Blalock and Viven Thomas changed the world! There always seems to be the delicate balance. But the question I will be pondering for the day is: “Has there been anyone in history who has changed the world without sacrificing their family in the process?”

5 Responses to Something the Lord Made

  1. DAD says:

    Son, you know that I don’t usually do this but I recently looked at your bolg and decided that perhaps I should add my two cents. Don’t worry, I won’t embrass you with some of the things you did as a child. But I wanted to let you know how very thankful to God for a child like you. We are keenly aware of all of your accomplishments and are thankful to God for those accomplishments. We, however, are most thankful that you continue to dedicate you life to God and remain in his service. Mom and I have always known that you are special and will accomplish wonderful thinks if you kept your mind stayed on him. It does our hearts good to know that you have taken the challange of trusting God with all your heart and are not leaning on your own understanding. Remain faithful and all will be well. We love you and are proud of you. We look foward to seeing you and Brit and of course Callie. Love Dad. PS. I love the movie(Something the Lord Made).

    • Toni J says:

      Reading your dad’s comments really touched my heart. I am premed and I was brought up as Seven Day Adventist. I haven’t kept Sabbath in soo long. There always seems to be an obligation that stands in the way. How did you keep faithful and obedient in a profession that may seem at times to regard science over God?

      God bless you and your family!

      • DoctaJay says:

        Hi Toni, thank you for your comments. I think its important to remember that God cares about your trajectory, not necessarily about the ups and downs along the way. Going to medical school at loma linda which is a seventh day adventist school and overtly christian campus made staying grounded a bit easier, but I saw many a friend lose their connection with God at my school too. Its a difficult balance, particularly when you are always on call on the sabbath. I think its important to remember the words of Isiash 58:13-14 which says:

        13If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the Lord’s holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
        14 then you will find your joy in the Lord, and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.” For the mouth of the Lord has spoken

        I think what God is saying here first and foremost is that the Sabbath is supposed to be a joy…its supposed to be fun! Often times the older folks in the church made the sabbath so oppressive that you couldn’t wait until it was over, but that is not how God intended it. With that said, God also wants to make sure that while we enjoy the Sabbath we try our focus on Him throughout the day. In medicine, its so easy to be on call on the sabbath and start writing a research paper or studying random stuff that isn’t related to a patient. In medical school its easy to want to study on the sabbath because all of your classmates are. But myself and many many others are witnesses that if you put the sabbath first, God will expand your mind so that you will not even feel like you missed one day of studying. Toni, you simply have to try Jesus and test his promises; if He proves to be true, then you know that keeping the Sabbath is worth it. During your free time I encourage you to listen to these sermons on the sabbath but a very good modern preacher, Henry Wright. It helped me to reconnect with God when it came the sabbath: http://www.christianlifemediacenter.com/HenryMWright.html (“You’d Better Get Ready” Series 2008)

  2. I totally agree with you about this movie. Another wonderful true story medical movie is ‘Gifted Hands’ the Ben Carson Story. It stars Cuba Gooding Jr. It is a wonderful true story with great acting. I am sorry that Hollywood doesn’t promote these true life inspiring films.

    Congratulations on becoming an MD! My daughter is trying to accomplish the same thing. Do you have plans where you and your wife want to spend the rest of your life?

  3. Michele Powell says:

    I was truly blessed by this movie. I was in tears at the end of it. Praise God for using such a humble man to do this work for him. 1 Cor 1:27 “instead God choses things the world consider foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise and he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful” New Living Translation 2007. God gifted this man and used him in a mighty way for himself. Even if sinful man doesn’t recognize him God does.
    I saw Gifted Hands also. Such a great and powerful movie. The same scripture applies to this great man Dr. Ben Carson, I was overwelmed and blessed beyond measure when I had the opportunity to attend a banquet and meet Dr. Ben Carson where he spoke this year. He too is a blessed and humble man. Being mightly used by God.
    There probably are many, many people who fall in this catagory of not being recognized by man, however God’s word tells us not to place any hope in man because he will let you down. Our hope is to be in Jesus Christ only. Acts 4:12 “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” In His timing he will exault you. Be encouraged.

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